Blasting causes rats?

UPDATED 8/13/2008

 

Blasting project in Jerome Park Reservoir hits a new snag – NY Daily News

 

Who would have thought such a thing? Blasting at the reservoir would cause rats to flee and find new homes in our neighborhood? We never heard of such a thing! Of course I am being very facetious here as anyone who was around when the DEP built the dividing wall in the reservoir knows, there was a large rat problem in the community then, all caused by the construction of the wall. Notice below that the reservoir has no water on either side of the wall, also on the south side there is standing water which is now causing an issue with mosquito’s.

 

 

“Be prepared for an onslaught of rats coming out of that area,” said Greg Baumann, head scientist for the National Pest Management Association. “There’s a good chance they’ll be scattered, and they’ll be looking to set up residence somewhere else.”

 

It is funny how it takes a scientist to make DEP aware of what happens if you blast. Never fear however;

 

“The DEP is already addressing the issue with a DEP-approved rodent control plan.”

 

What is their approved rodent control plan? It is bad enough that there are rats running around the proximity to the reservoir and the bushes, weeds and trees are so high that you can’t even see into the reservoir anymore. Not too mention that the south end of the reservoir has been emptied except for large puddles of water that are laying stagnant and now turning green. This is a perfect breeding ground for mosquito’s, I am sure you all remember the little gnats that were flying around earlier this summer. Thank the DEP for that as well!

 

Here you can see the ugly noise abatement wall constructed where the shaft drilling/blasting will take place.

 

 

Yesterday (Tuesday) we had an interview with News Channel 12, you can see our attorney who was present for the interview.

 

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3 responses to “Blasting causes rats?”

  1. FORMER FIPNA PRESIDENT

    I JUST DON’T GET IT…HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF..THIS DEP HAS GOT TO GO.. THEY KNEW FULL WELL WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THEY STARTED BLASTING…INSTEAD OF SEEKING SOLUTIONS AFTER THE FACT..THEY SHOULD HAVE BAITED THE ENTIRE AREA A MONTH AHEAD OF TIME SO THIS WOULDN’T HAPPEN….JUST ANOTHER FINE EXAMPLE OF CITY BUREAUCRACY GONE WRONG….SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW????? I LOVE NEW YORK……….

  2. Phil

    The DEP still has time to do proper baiting as we (FIPNA) and others won a TRO (temporary restraining order) barring the DEP from surface blasting at least until the hearing in September. Let’s hope if they do get the go ahead to blast that they take proper precautions to avoid any rodent issues.

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