Canoers, kayakers enjoy a more safe and clean basin

The city is spending more than $400 million on a larger underground holding tank to control sewage overflow at the Brooklyn Paedegat basin. The project

BROOKLYN - The city is spending more than $400 million on a larger underground holding tank to control sewage overflow at the Brooklyn Paedegat basin. The project was completed this past May.

Sebago Canoe Club member Andy Novick says the water used to be downright disgusting. There's a facility at the head of the basin that is a holding tank for rain sewage, it was too small and there would be an overflow runoff causing filth and pollution.

Eric Koniger, a kayaker, says this is a great place to go out on the water. He enjoys the nature and wildlife, especially the diamondback terrapin. Koniger adds that sea turtles never liked the dirty water, but now that the water is clean, they are coming back to the area.

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