The aim of the aeration system is to oxygenate the creek to support aquatic life. But some advocates worry the bubbles are doing more harm than good.
While praising many aspects of the de Blasio administration’s approach to cleaning up the city’s polluted waterways, 20 City Councilmembers tell the mayor they represent ‘ groups and constituents who harbor grave concerns’ about the way those clean-ups have been planned.
Along Newtown Creek and Jamaica Bay, decades of work are slowly restoring neglected waterways. Now comes a new challenge: Making sure New Yorkers can use those liquid assets in harmony with industry and nature.
Of all the challenges facing the city’s awe-inspiring water system, the most contentious might be playing out now at Flushing Bay, the Bronx River and other waterways, where a push to make city waters open to swimming and fishing is running into concerns over cost.