This is an important meeting. Please make sure to attend!
The ROD for the Gowanus Canal Superfund required the City to implement measures to control the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). EPA expects the City to construct two retention tanks in the upper portions of the canal to retain discharges during heavy rainfalls, until the overflow can be pumped to the local sewage treatment plant.
The EPA suggested two locations for those tanks in the ROD, but was willing to discuss alternative locations with the City during the remedial design period.
New York City responded by delaying and hired a consultant, who came up with a list of 86 possible sites, some of which can easily be dismissed outright.
This prompted the EPA to issue a Unilateral Order to the City for conducting the design work for the remedial actions described in the ROD. Specifically, the Order compels New York City to perform the design for siting and building the CSO retention tanks and for the excavation and restoration of the 1st Street Basin, as described in the ROD.
Obviously, the City is starting to take the EPA more seriously. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a public meeting tomorrow evening to discuss with the community the potential location for the two combined stage retention tanks.
DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd will be on hand to answer questions. So will our elected representatives.
Public Meeting On Siting Two Retention Tanks To Reduce Combined Sewer Overflow
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6 PM to 8 PM
Wyckoff Gardens Community Center
280 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn