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Leaking Sewage Pipe Spurs Army Corps Repairs

Photo by Michael Comeau

The Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to take on an 18-month long project to repair and improve sewage outfall pipes at the mouth of Sheepshead Bay, but first they’re looking for your input.

The Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating with the Corps on the project, and will give a presentation at Community Board 15 tomorrow night. The public hearing will take place at Kingsborough Community College’s faculty dining room at 7:00 p.m. (2001 Oriental Boulevard). (UPDATED)

The maintenance project involves work on two existing outfall pipes leading past the mouth of Sheepshead Bay from Plumb Beach, and into Rockaway inlet. One of the pipes currently suffers from a leak at a joint, and both are being worked on to upgrade the infrastructure.

There will be some dredging as workers excavate about 5,300 cubic yards of fill, and as work winds up gravel will be dumped as bedding. When the work is done, the footprint of the pipeline won’t be much different from what currently exists.

The Corps has also determined that the project will not have a major impact on aquatic life, as the “fish populations would avoid the small area of disturbance.”

You can weigh in on the project at tomorrow’s hearing, or by mailing the US Army Corps of Engineers – New York District at:

Jacob K Javits Federal Building
New York, N.Y. 10278-0090
ATTN: Regulatory Branch

CORRECTION: The original version of this article stated the meeting time was 7:30 p.m. That is incorrect – the meeting is at 7:00 p.m. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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  1. The heading may be a little misleading. The pipe they are fixing, a 72” outfall pipe, always discharged treated sewage as designed. It is supposed to be connected to the “round house” off Kingsborough but is broken. The plan is to remove the round house and have the pipe discharge into smaller pipes that discharge into the bay. Removal of the round house may disrupt fish habitat.

  2. I attended the presentation & meeting on Jan. 25 at Kingsborough. It amazed me that Councilman Mike Nelson , who is chair of the Waterfront Committee & is on the Sanitiatioin Committee DID NOT even ask one question to the DEP about the proposed project. At least Councilman Lew Filder who was lason present at this meeting did make an attempt to question the DEP.
    It seems to me that Councilman Mike Nelson doesn’t know anything about the issues that many concerned citizens had about the project. It seems to me that he holds the Chiarmanship in name only. A title. A know nothing chairman.

  3. Sewer pipe leaks can be tricky to identify because water always runs to the lowest point. Water can be showing up at one place and the actual leak can be 10 feet away. 

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