Sprayview Sticks and Stones
By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum
The Don Riepe aerial photo shows JFK Airport Runway 22R/4L extending onto Joco Marsh. A Concorde jet, as shown in Bernard Blum photo takeoff over Arverne, is shown on a landing flight path just between the Edgemere Landfill and this marsh where all the Laughing Gulls nest.
The Natural Resources Defense Council points out that when a large jet flies over, its exhaust fumes represent the impact of over several thousand automobiles, and certainly the engine blast of the Concorde is far more noise impact than that. Since I live under the flight path shown, there is no doubt of suffering hearing loss and other biological problems from such advanced technology.
The Laughing Gulls have recently been found to have an appetite for Piping Plover chicks. In their colonization of Joco Marsh the Laughing Gulls have hindered aviation plans to extend the runway into the bay for even larger aircraft (should this be attempted nationally) and to concentrate more flights over Arverne and the planned development of Arverne. Plans exist to eliminate or transfer the colony to Nassau County wetlands.
There have been Congressional attempts to have land around runways that become too noisy, and the homes on the land, to be subject to eminent domain type purchase, but the attempt fell through. Yet it is a good idea as the JFK airfreight industry expansion continues and with the weakness of Arverne organization on such as issue.
Were the Jamaica Bay to be filled in with toxic dredge spoils (more is better and cheaper), Runway 22R/4L runs parallel to Dubos Point (aka Mosquito Point), and this could be a navigational improvement and eliminate the mosquito problems too!
With the landmark-able Congregation Derech Emunoh seen in photo of the fields of the renewal area now gone in a blazing fire and quick demolition, there is no obstacle for runways to roadway in real estate adaptation, to some visions of progress!