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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Good Morning!
I am still working on my vintage finds today,I should be done by tomorrow,
just sharing what’s been going on in my neighborhood,went up to the blvd last night and it still stinks,I feel bad for the people who live on that canal,
we live on the other side of the blvd in

and the dead fish havent come down this far.
So if your going up to Crossbay,hold your nose.

taken from

The Daily News
Queens,Howard Beach residents sick of dead fish smell from Shellbank Basin
Monday, September 15th 2008, 9:27 PM

Southern Queens pols, including Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (l.), Councilman Joe Addabbo and District Manager Frank Gulluscio, want answers to fish die-off.
Thousands of dead fish are clogging a canal in Howard Beach and causing alarm in the neighborhood.
Residents said for the past two weeks they have had to endure the smell of rotting fish coming from Shellbank Basin. They are demanding an answer from the city.
But city officials attributed the die-off to a "natural phenomenon."
"It's like sitting in a garbage dump on a 90-degree day," said Bob Giallanzo, 53, a worker with the Department of Transportation who lives along the basin. "Everything in there is dying."
The dead fish are mostly menhaden - known around Jamaica Bay as bunker - an oily bait fish used by recreational anglers that doesn't fare well in poorly aerated water. The fish swim in large schools and likely suffocated in water poorly oxygenated due to a massive algae bloom, a city official said.
"From time to time, a school of bunker fish is chased into canals by predators like bluefish and striped bass," said Mercedes Padilla, a city Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman. "There is less dissolved oxygen in the water, so they die. We had the same situation in a different part of the city last summer," she said.
City Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Ozone Park) said the stench is affecting local businesses and schools. Addabbo and neighbors said the city may have stopped using a destratification process  that pumps air into the water of the canal and allows fish to breathe.
Padilla would only say the fishkill is due to a natural process and not related to any actions by the agency. Locals found that hard to swallow.
"There are residents here 30 and 40 years that have never seen anything like this," Addabbo said. "My residents deserve an explanation."
The city is using skimmer boats to clean the dead fish from the canal, but neighbors said that the area's ecosystem - including seagulls and even rats - has already been affected.
"There are dead birds on top of the dead fish," said Maureen Muller, 63, a receptionist who lives near the basin. "People are sick to their stomachs."
Locals said they have been unable to enjoy the last days of summer because of the persistent foul odor.
"The whole canal looks green, like it is covered in antifreeze," said Don Sclafani, 69, a retired plumber.
"I've never seen it this dirty," he said. "I can't even invite people to my backyard for a barbecue."

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