Parts of Flushing Bay are about to get a long-overdue cleanup.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced plans to dredge portions of Flushing Bay by the World’s Fair Marina with long-reach excavators to “improve the health of the waterway and significantly reduce nuisance odors.” The $34 million project is slated to start this month.
Equipment is being mobilized for the project this week and dredging operations are expected to occur over a 24-hour period, seven days a week. Dredging work is expected to be completed this year, according to the DEP.
The project also includes plans to enhance more than three acres of existing wetlands and remove 78 deteriorated timber piles, an abandoned pier and non-native trees at the site. This work is slated to continue over the next several years.
The release states boaters with vessels docked at the marina will have access to their watercrafts at all times.
“This $34 million dredging and wetland expansion project will help to clean up Flushing Bay and improve the quality of life for the residents of northern Queens,” DEP Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “I’d like to thank our partners who have worked with us on the extensive planning needed to carry out this project and we look forward to working together on our many other initiatives that will enhance the environment in and around Flushing Bay.”
Local politicians also spoke out about the impact of the upcoming project.
“At long last, Flushing Bay will receive this integral cleanup,” Councilman Paul Vallone said. “With the reduction of the unbearable odors and a now healthier waterway, the DEP’s efforts will provide much relief to my constituents.”
“The rapid real estate development in Flushing and throughout Queens has shined a spotlight on the urgent need to devote more resources to our surrounding waterways,” Councilman Peter Koo added. “I would like to thank DEP for committing these necessary resources to our community, and I encourage the city to continue expanding this push toward sustainability to the rest of our underserved waterways.”
View a map of the project area here.