COLLEGE POINT, NY (PIX11)—Summer might stink for boat owners in College Point. Local civic leaders say sewage is building up near Mom and Pop docks making it impossible for boaters to dock.
"The untreated contaminated products come into the water," said Nick George, who owns College Point Marina.
George said the marina, and other marinas nearby in Queens, hold close to 100 boats that will go into that water later this month.
But he said marinas fear boat owners may jump ship soon if something isn't done about the mucky mess that comes from their neighbors, the Department of Environmental Protection's Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
"At low tide, we have only about a foot and a half of water so all the overflow and sewage that pours over during a storm, sits in the sand," George said.
"A lot of it is solid waste, a lot of condoms, cups, needles," said Dr. James Cervino, Scientist and member of Community Board 7.
Cervino said the marinas need help and he believes that an unrelated dreading project, paid for by the city's Department of Sanitation, could be the solution.
"While they have their boats nearby in the Flushing Bay, it would be a great idea to relieve sediment and stress at the local marinas," said Cervino.
He said the dredging project is set to start next year and will last up to five years.
While dredging will not sewage overflow, Cervino said it will help boaters more easily get in and out of docks.
"It's only a few miles away. If they could come dredge, it would really help out," he said.
Community board 7 passed a resolution to ask for the city's help. The Department of Environmental Protection said the plant is functioning and that the overflow from storms is normal.