Move Over Sludge: Dredging Newtown Creek Will Bring Playground Expansionby on
At last month’s Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting, NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented, “East River Sludge Storage Tank Removal.”
The NYC DEP’s Project Plan
- Demolishing the current East River Sludge Storage Tank which sits at the end of Commercial & Dupont Streets in north Greenpoint.
- Sludge vessels would then take their loads to a newly built dock on Whale Creek Canal that is located next to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that the boats serve.
- In order for the sludge vessels to make it through Newtown and Whale Creeks, dredging has to take place to restore the waterways to the “intended channel depth for safe navigation by sludge vessels.” The dredging would be up to 13 feet deep in some areas.
Addressing Public Health & Safety
NYC DEP has pre-dredge plans in place including taking sediment samples that will provide data for the development of air and water quality managements plans that will be put into place prior to beginning operations. NYC DEP will also be coordinating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the EPA’s own sediment sampling plan.
The current East River Sludge Storage Tank and Sludge Vessel sit beside the Newtown Barge Terminal Playground. Removal of the tank and relocation of the vessels would mean expanding the playground and providing better public access to the water front.
This open space expansion is part of the Greenpoint WIlliamsburg Waterfront Access Plan, which was a condition of the 2005 Rezoning, that promised continuous public waterfront from N. 3rd St. in Williamsburg to the both end of Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint.
NYC DEP’s Project
The current schedule plans for the dredging of the creek to take place later this year, while the demolition of the storage tank will begin in the winter of 2013 and end in mid-2014. While, it’s not explicitly stated in the presentation, one would believe that the park’s expansion would begin shortly thereafter in 2014.
What are your thoughts on the demolition and dredging? Leave them in the comments.
For More Information
- East River Sludge Storage Tank Removal – NYC DEP
- DEP Getting New Dock in Newtown Creek, Greenpoint Getting Expanded Park – Queens NYC
- City to Dredge Newtown Creek – Brooklyn Paper