The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to build a one-story aeration facility at 58-26 47 St. in Maspeth.
The proposed structure would be one of three aeration pumps that are already in operation to meet the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s water-quality criteria for dissolved oxygen in Newtown Creek and its tributaries.
Though the project is still in its early stages, neighboring residents and businesses have expressed concerns.
“DEP had an outreach meeting at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment plant a couple of months ago about the proposed aeration of Newtown Creek,” Jean Tanler, the director of Industrial Business Development for the Business Outreach Center in Queens, said. “Residents and businesses at the meeting were concerned that the aeration would cause the chemicals and bacteria in the creek to become airborne, which could potentially create noxious odors or endanger the health of the surround community.”
Aeration is a process by which air is circulated through, mixed with or dissolved in a liquid or substance.
Similar to a bubbler in a fish tank, aeration promotes healthier surroundings for aquatic life and introduces the mixing of a body of otherwise still water.
The DEP reported that the proposed facility would utilize low-energy aeration, which is tamer than the facilities that work on wastewater plants.
The large, contained plot where the facility would be built is already owned by the department and would not significantly effect the nearby residents and businesses.
According to the DEP, the project is about 30 percent in the planning process and doesn’t expect to break ground for several years.
The Maspeth Industrial Business Association will be meeting with DEP representatives on April 23 to discuss the aeration facility project further.