2002-11-30 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks and Stones

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

Well jumping Beelzebub, as if it were the Egyptian Fly Deity Idol, that the Almighty turned into a plague (one of the plagues of Egypt in the Passover Holy Festival. For how to explain the omissions in the Irregular column on Dubos Point (aka Mosquito Point – the mosquito a form of fly)?

The city has acted as if worshipper of this Idol and farmed mosquitoes and performing ‘as ritual’ to this pagan deity the substitution of a Community Board 14 linked topsoil and living vegetation strip-mining program (called Mosquito-Weed) for much needed opening up blocked creeks there! So the Dubos wetlands preserve has been managed as a mosquito-ridden swamp to irritate both physically and emotionally. Beelzebub can’t have wetlands so friendly when the flies the thing…"Love thy neighbor as thyself" tossed out.

I bumped into former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern recently and he still recalled this "Correspondent" indicating that the last day to apply for Pataki Bond Act Funds to open up the creeks was 11/9 the reverse of 9/11, the WTC disaster. Neither Governor Pataki, nor Mayor Giuliani, nor any number of agencies would stop this awful ‘ritual’ substitution that only serves Beelzebub, as it were! So Dubos Point at B. 63 and DeCosta Avenue in Arverne is an ‘outdoors shrine’ to Beelzebub for breeding progeny with neighborhood residents serving as liquid nutrition (blood). Ah such evil genius!

And Beelzebub’s progeny, as it were, has been swarmed to promote a considerable amount of HUD funded lot clearing, the funding administered under the Consolidated Plan of HUD Grants by the Department of City Planning and the Office of Management and Budget. If these agency administrators don’t know where the Sanitation Department strip miners took all the missing topsoil to (contrary to the grant instruction)….must be Beelzebub!

For Beelzebub, as it were, really must have such a strong attachment to Dubos and all the issues and mysteries surrounding its mosquito farm management. For nowhere else in the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program (to protect water quality and habitat as well as for dredge spoils disposal, Friends of Rockaway, Inc., a participant) have carbon dioxide baited mosquito traps been substituted as well for opening up creeks to reduce mosquito breeding standing water! Restoration of tidal flow eliminates the tall Phragmites reed grass for true wetlands grasses to thrive. So wetlands restoration is achieved AND ITS NEEDED At Dubos where the reed grass is spreading. So more standing water for Beelzebub to breed more progeny has taken precedence (no matter what other management with chemicals, fungi, etc. taking place).

On another omission had the Irregular asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for information and the Parks Department, information would have been provided on scheduled creek opening for restoration linked mosquito control in some indefinite future of 2004/5?/6?/7?……if ever….

So Dubos was never proposed by Friends of Rockaway, Inc. to promote landscape strip mining nor carbon dioxide mosquito trap installations, though Beelzebub as it were has managed it for such.

If the Irregular feels that a supernatural Beelzebub is an unproven cause he might sit down with Sprayview and Eugenia Flatow of the Bight and Task Force and New York City Soil and Water Conservation District to unlock the mysteries to unblock the creeks.

She would not permit me to present at the Task Force and at the Conservation District on all these issues that keep Beelzebub’s fly progeny (the mosquito swarms at Dubos) such a signpost of this presence of the supernatural…….

And one more ‘spin issue’…..this need to cleanup Dubos with bulldozers because of all the garbage is not true…..needed are light pressure wheel bulldozers to open up the creeks……the Encon cited the Parks Department for tidal wetlands regulations violations that could only happen in Beelzebub’s "Shrine of Flies!"

So enough of spins….of course if Runway 22R/4L onto Joco Marsh is ever extended over the marsh and further into the bay in expanded Airport operations plans then the preserve birds will be more of a hazard than the mosquito progeny. So maybe the creek opening resistance is not just Beelzebub ploy but a message on runway extension plans associated with expanded operations…..

First suffocate the Laughing Gull chicks in the eggs with oil, or shoot ‘em up or blame others for eating marsh grass……then extend the runway….

Actually it’s not neighborly and it’s cruel to serve Beelzebub so well, as it were. Dr. Dubos helped stop any further extension of Runway 22 R/4L or any other airport runway intrusions into the bay ecosystem and had a more ‘spiritual attitude’ towards management of ecosystems.

Much success on the Irregular column..……..The Editor and The Irregular may wish to confer on government operations at Dubos with Sprayview whenever useful…..or Smithsonian magazine, Jully 1990, p. 110 on Dubos would be a start….

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