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.