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City dredging Newtown Creek

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am

If you live near Newtown Creek and smell something like rotten eggs in the air, there’s a good chance it’s hydrogen sulfide — also known by the lovely name sewer gas — being released from the dredging of the waterway.

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to dredge the creek for the next six weeks. The work is necessary so that boats that transport sludge away from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant can navigate to a new dock at Whale Creek, next to the plant, as the Maspeth Industrial Business Association noted in an announcement last Friday. The old dock, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was demolished to make room for new housing.

Dredging operations are expected to start in Whale Creek and then move west along Newtown Creek toward the Pulaski Bridge to the mouth of Newtown Creek, according to the MIBA. The work will first be done from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then will go 24 hours a day.

Questions and concerns can be directed to the DEP’s Shane Ojar at (718) 595-4148 or sojar@dep.nyc.gov.

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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