2003-01-04 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks and Stones

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

The Management Committee of the New York/New Jersey Estuary Program (a federal program to protect habitat, improve water quality and facilitate dredge spoils disposal) is a bureaucratic assemblage that has dealt with the Dubos Point problem and the stripped topsoil and living vegetation (habitat) and of toxic dredge spoils disposal at Norton Basin off Bayswater Far Rockaway.

Had any positive interaction from the politics of Community Board 14 been expressed there to stop the habitat strip-mining bulldozers and uncover where all the topsoil has been going, the opportunity has always been open to do just that! I suggested a support letter and am unaware of any such communication. If done it should be in opposition to Norton Basin and Little Bay toxic dredge spoils disposal pilot program.

Pictured this week is the Chair of the Management Committee, Kevin Bricke (Director of Water – USEPA) discussing habitat sensitive sites in the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. He is in front of the TV. The influential Eugenia Flatow (Coalition for the Bight, NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, Co-chair of Citizens Advisory Committee, NYNJ Harbor Estuary Program) is facing them in foreground of the 1999 photo. Sadly, she supplied little support to Friends of Rockaway to open up the creeks or to stop the toxic dredge spoil disposal off Far Rockaway. Why, is another big mystery?

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