Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Important Public Meeting On Siting Two Combined Sewage Retention Tanks In Gowanus


This is an important meeting.  Please make sure to attend!

Exactly a year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Record Of Decision (ROD) for the clean-up of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and signed it into law. The document explains which cleanup alternatives will be used to clean up the toxic canal.

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


Anonymous said...

Okay! Enough with the floating condom photo. We know. The canal is disgusting especially after heavy rain when the raw sewerage goes directly into the canal.

We've known for years. No need to whip out the condom photo every time there is a meeting.


Katia said...

But it illustrates the problem so well.
Ok, will refrain next time.

Anonymous said...

thank you for resisting to "whip out" the 10 year old gowanus white fish photo in the future every time a meeting is scheduled. We get it, we all know how bad the canal is. there will be dozens more meetings over the next 10 years before the city and grid get this mess cleaned up..