Locals Take Tour Of Rockaway Pollution Plant
Attending a recent Jamaica Bay symposium at Brooklyn College, were a number of Rockaway residents, including Joe Hartigan, Vivian Carter and Noreen Ellis. They toured the local facility and learned about an innovative ‘algal turf scrubbing’ project underway at the Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant, operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Peter I. May of Biohabitats, Inc., is the lead scientist for the pilot project, which naturally purifies waste water, releases beneficial oxygen into the atmosphere, and creates small amounts of biofuel as a byproduct. May and John McLaughlin of DEP agreed to host a tour for local civic leaders and educators in the first week of November, and to discuss the project at the upcoming Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting.