Christos Tsiamis, who as Remedial Project Manager for the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal has been instrumental in the tremendous progress of the project to date, informed us today that we will be leaving EPA effective June 16th.
Tsiamis has led the engineering of the cleanup effort since the Canal was first designated a Superfund site 13 years ago, and he’s played a vital role in designing and executing the remedy. The importance of his leadership, commitment, and ability to innovate can’t be overstated, and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for what his work means for this community.
The healthy future of the Gowanus Canal and the neighborhood surrounding it will serve as an ongoing testament to his work. Thank you, Christos, for all that you’ve done.
We publish Christos’s message to us below, in full.
Dear CAG Members:
I would like to let you know that I will be leaving EPA (but not the workforce altogether). My last day at work will be Friday, June 16, 2023. I would have liked to make this announcement in person, but circumstances have prevented me from doing so.
I have truly appreciated your dedication in pursuing the environmental cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and the surrounding areas, your intellectual astuteness, and your rigor in engaging with the governmental agencies. Also, I am extremely grateful for how supportive you have been to my team and to me personally. That support has been essential in carrying us through some very difficult times. I will always cherish it.
It has been a great honor serving your community. When I spoke to you, immediately after the 2010 listing of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site, I made a promise. I had said that I felt that it was time for me to give back to New York City for all the good things that the City had given me since the time I arrived here to study engineering on a scholarship. The Gowanus Canal cleanup would be my opportunity to fulfill that promise. Thirteen years later, I can tell you that, since that time, day after day I gave it all, to the best of my ability, to ensure that your community gets what it deserves, after so many decades of environmental neglect. My guiding principles have been good and innovative science and engineering; smart, effective management; and, as importantly, respectful, direct, and honest engagement with all of you in the community.Read more »