I would like to respond to your article in last week's Wave titled "Do you smell what the rock is cooking?" I've lived in 107-10 Shore Front Parkway for almost two and a half years and can testify to the fact that the water treatment plant has always put off some very pungent odors even before Sandy.
It's especially bad when the winds come off the bay. Most of the time I am greeted in the morning by a full on blast of this smell when I walk out of the back door of my building on my way to work. Not the best way to start your day I can assure you. First the D.E.P really needs to improve their infrastructure in order to control the situation but something also occurred to me when I saw people planting rows of trees on Beach 108th street as part of the "Million Trees NYC" initiative.
If the perimeter of this plant was to be surrounded by a dense band of trees or foliage it could help to remediate the situation. This would accomplish two things-firstly trees breathe, and they don't discriminate or complain about odor so a natural odor absorber if you will and, secondly, if the greenery were thick and high enough it would block the winds that sweep across the plant and carry these odors across to the school or Dayton/Surfside.
This could be a simple addition that would provide at least a partial buffer for the residents in the area. So if the goal is to "Go Green" or "Plant a Million Tress NYC" then why not take a couple of these trees and plant them around the water treatment facility?