Gallery: New Treatment Plant in Brooklyn Will Reduce Sewage Pollution i...

The future is looking brighter — or at least less stinky — for residents near Jamaica Bay. The city has just announced the opening of a new $400 million sewage treatment plant in Paerdegat Basin, a channel that connects Jamaica Bay to the southern end of Brooklyn, located in Canarsie. The new plant will prevent up to 1.2 billion gallons of combined sewer overflows during heavy rain from being discharged into the Bay, and it is expected to reduce discharge by up to 70 percent every year. This is great news for both residents and the environment — the area is known for producing some of the foulest odors during rain storms due to the abundance of sewage overflow.

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