Friday, August 26, 2016

Standing Puddles Of Water Remain For Weeks At Roosevelt Island's Firefighters Field Reports Riverwalk Resident - Concerned About Mosquitoes And Zika Virus

A Roosevelt Island Riverwalk resident is concerned about the puddles

of standing water

next door

at Firefighters Field.

The Riverwalk resident reports:
What's with all the standing water on Firefighters Field? There's been standing water for weeks.

It's a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We've noticed way more bugs this summer in our building, mosquitoes and others.

I think the sprinkler system is broken.
Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Susan Rosenthal:
Received message today from a resident concerned about standing water puddles at Firefighters Field that have been there for several weeks. Worried that they could attract mosquitos and Zika virus.

Any statement from RIOC on the matter?

Also, is there any spraying to prevent mosquitoes on Roosevelt Island? According to NYC Health Department, it does not look like Roosevelt Island gets any spraying.

6 Sq Ft shows locations where NYC is spraying for mosquitoes

Image From 6 Sq. Ft.

and more from NYC Health Department on mosquito spraying.

Will update when response received from RIOC.

UPDATE 9/7 - Acting RIOC President Susan Rosenthal replied on August 31:
We have adjusted the timer for the sprinkler system from 20 minutes to 5 minutes per zone to ensure the fields are not saturated. We also put soil and reseeded the areas that were ponding to alleviate that potential puddles of water. Please let me know if you have any additional questions as we will be monitoring the area closely.
Awaiting response regarding mosquito spraying.