2007-08-17 / Letters

Purification Pumping In The Bay

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

I have recommended it many times to officials, and also in pages of The Wave - build a dependable and giant, solar-operated, salt-water pumping station in Far Rockaway to constantly pump fresh seawater into the bay, giving it a permanent flush.

I think this idea is very simple (the K.I.S.S. principle) and I cannot understand why the great minds of our century do not understand it.

If it took x amount of years to study, involved multiple corporations and billions of tax dollars to implement, would they look into it then?

The pumping station can be built on the beachfront at Beach 9 Street and turn east to Mott Basin at the Redfern Houses. The second exhaust pipe can run up to the Hook Creek area. These two outlets are at the easternmost parts in Jamaica Bay. The fresh, sanitizing seawaters from the clean ocean can run west to the Rockaway Inlet.

Studies need not be conducted on what would happen to areas down the east coast due to modern-day sewage treatment plants and sewage canals of old. (Remember the smell of the Pitkin Avenue canal?) They have been dumping waste into the bay only to be washed into the Atlantic and down the coast.

Of course, this might not be the answer to the disappearing marshes, but I believe it would be a good way to start their regeneration. By diluting contaminants with fresh seawater, there is no telling what else may come back to life in the bay. Before pollution reared its ugly head, Jamaica Bay used to be the best weak fishing grounds in the region.

So c'mon, guys! Go for it before it's too late!


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