Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Submits Formal Request to NYS DEC for Reclassification of Gowanus Canal Surface Waters to Class-I

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The Gowanus Canal Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) on February 5th submitted a formal request for water reclassification, or a “reclass petition,” to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Division of Water, Bureau of Water Assessment and Management. The CAG seeks to reclassify the surface waters of the Gowanus Canal, north of… Read more »

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces Public Meeting for New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Study on February 27, 2020

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, in cooperation with non-federal sponsors the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, has announced a public meeting for the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Study on February 27, 2020 in Rockaway Park, Queens. … Read more »

EPA Issues Administrative Order Requiring Start of Gowanus Canal Superfund Site Cleanup

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it is issuing an administrative order requiring the start of the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. The EPA cited the order as a major milestone in the cleanup of the site. It covers the cleanup of roughly the upper third of the canal, designated as… Read more »

Next Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group General Meeting: Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m.

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Please join us for our first General Meeting of 2020, on Tuesday, January 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street, in Carroll Gardens. All of our meetings are open to the public. DRAFT AGENDA  (all times are approximate) 6:30 – 6:40 PM:     Welcome and Introductions … Read more »

Citywide & East River/Open Waters LTCP Recommended Plan Meeting

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Join the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a public meeting on the Citywide & East River/Open Waters Long Term Control Plan (LTCP). The goal of the LTCP is to better understand the water quality impacts of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and to evaluate various CSO controls.   The meeting will include a presentation and… Read more »

Minutes of the January 15, 2020 Meeting of the Gowanus Canal Admin Committee

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Gowanus CAG Administration Committee meeting, January 15, 2020Held in the Carroll Park Park House. Present:Ben JonesMaryann YoungKatia KellyRita Miller (on the phone) 1) The first item on the agenda was to change the language of one proposal to a Charter change previously brought to the full Gowanus CAG. Background:At the December 2019 meeting, the CAG… Read more »

Minutes of the January 6, 2020 Meeting of the Gowanus Canal CAG Water Quality/Technical Committee

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Proposed Agenda:  NYS Superfund Cleanup Work at MGP’s Reclassification Petition UPDATEWaiting on letter of support to submit Jan 8 NYS DEC hearing on reclassification standards;  open public comment period through Jan 13 Army Corp Presentation to CAG – coordination update Committee Administrative updates – attendance, procedures for 2020 Attendees: Marlene DonnellyPeter ReichDiane BuxbaumKatia KellyEymund DiegelTerri ThomsonLouis… Read more »

Minutes of the November 14, 2019 Meeting of the Gowanus Canal CAG Outreach Committee

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The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group’s Outreach Committee met on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the offices of the Fifth Avenue Committee, at 621 Degraw Street. CAG Attendees: Sabine Aronowsky, Christine Petro, Eric McClure, Jessica Roff Guests: Natalie Loney, Benjamin Solotaire, Terri Thomson Agenda: – 90% design of RTA1 clean up – Can EPA produce fact… Read more »

Minutes of the November 4, 2019 Meeting of the Gowanus Canal CAG Water Quality/Technical Committee

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Last month Terri put together a meeting on the phone with NYSDEC.  Water Quality FOILed information about some of what was said, re: 20,000 waterbodies and not enough time. Since 2012, when the CAG submitted a resolution requesting reclassification of the Gowanus Canal, there have been eight requests for reclassification submitted to NYSDEC; four of them were… Read more »

Minutes of the October 7, 2019 Meeting of the Gowanus Canal CAG Water Quality/Technical Committee

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The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group’s Water Quality/Technical Committee met on Tuesday, October 7, 2019, at Mary Star of the Sea, 41 1st Street. CAG Members present: Diane BuxbaumMarlene DonnellyKatia KellyRichard LawrenceAmy MotznyPeter ReichMaryann YoungSusan Yung Guests (via conference call): Heidi Dubeck (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Section Chief, Remediation)Aaron Fischer (NYSDEC)Ed Hampsten… Read more »