From the Pipeline: So Long Sludge Tankby on
From the DEP Pipeline–literally, the DEC has a newsletter called The Weekly Pipeline–the longstanding Greenpoint sludge tank is no more. According to the newsletter:
Yesterday, work got underway to demolish a tank along the East River that was used to store sludge from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant until it could be loaded onto boats and removed to one of DEP’s dewatering facilities. DEP’s new fleet of sludge vessels are specially designed to enter Whale Creek and remove sludge directly from the plant. The removal of the sludge tank will make way for expanded park space and affordable housing. To see additional photos click here [broken link].
For more information on why the sludge tank is being removed, check out our previous post: Move Over Sludge: Dredging Newtown Creek Will Bring Playground Expansion, as well as the NYC DEP’s 2013 presentation: East River Sludge Tank Removal.