Officials clear debris to target mosquito breeding
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"It's vital for the health of the wetlands to flood and drain every day so it won't be stagnant and breed mosquitoes," village trustee Gary Stiriz said Monday.
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An additional two workers with the village are also assisting.
Vector control maintains county ditch systems throughout the winter and sprays mosquito repellent in the summer, officials said.
Debris can potentially clog ditches in the wetlands, which could lead to standing water attracting an unbearable number of mosquitoes this summer, county officials say.
To ensure the environment won't be disrupted, crew members are using low-grade pressure machines to remove branches, logs and other hazardous materials that ended up in the wetlands during the storm, county officials said.
Eventually the collected material will be placed in a Dumpster and sent to an environmental transfer station, village officials said.
Cooperation between separate governments is always good and everyone in this case has the same goal, which is to clean up Mastic Beach, Stiriz said.
"The most important thing is removal," he said.
The mayor said he's relieved removal efforts have started because debris could potentially block roads. "Having debris in the wetlands looks bad," Biondi said.
The mayor said an oil tank, propane tank and a Jacuzzi tub washed ashore during the height of Sandy. Biondi added the village is prone to high tide, and that every time it floods, hazardous materials end up in Mastic Beach.