Environmentalists have sounded an alarm hoping all residents become aware of a plan by the Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to use "borrow pits" and containment islands to dump dredged material from Newark Bay and New York Harbor.
Two public meetings have been set for June 30 at Beach Channel High School. The first meeting takes place between 2-5 p.m.; the second between 7-10 p.m.
According to material furnished by the Natural Resources Protective Association (NRPA) the dredged materials was deemed "too toxic" by the federal government to dump at sea. The NRPA says the Army Corps is seeking to place the material in waters off Breezy Point and in other spots in Jamaica bay.
Activists in Staten Island have been fighting the Army Corps plan for months. One rallying cry is that the Army Corps is trying to "sneak" the plan through. In fact, The Wave learned of the Public Meeting through the NRPA, not the Public Affairs department of the Army Corps. Nor was The Wave able to get confirmation by calling the New York District office. Ultimately The Wave got confirmation of the meeting by Congressman Anthony Weiner’s office.
A flyer on USACE stationery, which The Wave received as it was going to press on Thursday, announced the public meeting but gave details on the "Jamaica Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project" while offering nothing about the plan to dispose the dredge material. Environmentalists are expected to make this the focus of the public meeting.
Although the USACE is conducting the meetings and doing studies for the job is actually a Port Authority project.