2003-01-11 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks and Stones

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

Well, the barfing and belittling Beelzebub is alive and well. How else to explain the G-Man’s December 28 excessively mean-spirited column, a put down of my efforts to obtain better mosquito control, protect habitat, and stop the export of toxic dredge spoils off Bayswater/Far Rockaway and other pits in Jamaica Bay?

Who knows whether that toxic crud will be involved with the restoration attempts of the crumbling wetland’s islands, an essential part of Gateway National Park?

This Sprayview column must be doing something right in informing the public! Beelzebub promotes the conscience of mosquito size and the collective consciences of those involved with policies/programs opposed is in that size range. But enough of speculation….

There are attractive and interesting plants and animals still existing in the green spaces of Rockaway and Friends of Rockaway initiated conservation of a number of such sites such as Dubos Point, Brant Point, Terrapin Plant, and Seaview Avenue Wetlands, Duke Kahanamoku Way area of the Arverne/Edgemere renewal area, etc. Migrating birds and butterflies (resident too) need these sites for shelter, food, nesting and egg laying (Monarch butterflies for example).

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