In conjunction with a ‘City Speaks’ forum on flooding and sewer backups that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is hosting with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on March 11th, his office is fielding a survey for Brooklyn residents who’ve experience such events.  You can email completed surveys to or fax them to (718) 802-3881.

Phone Number:

Address of flooding or sewer back up:
Cross Streets:

1. How often does a sewer backup and/or flooding into your property and/or on your block occur?

2. Do you know what the major causes are for the clogged sewers/catch basins in your area?

3. Did your property or block experience sewer flooding after Hurricane Irene, “Superstorm Sandy” or during heavy rain storms?

4. Have you filed sewer backup and/or flooding complaints with DEP?

5. If so, how long does it take DEP to address it?

6. How much has it cost you to repair damage caused by flooding or sewer overflows?

The January meeting of the full Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) that was postponed due to the effects of winter storm Juno has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 10th, at 6:30 p.m.  It will take place at Mary Star of the Sea, 41 1st Street, in Carroll Gardens.

The agenda is likely to include updates from the CAG’s committees, consideration of applications from – and a vote on the candidacies of – several prospective new CAG members, and a discussion of strategic-planning topics in preparation for the regularly scheduled February meeting, which will focus on the CAG’s future direction.

Due to the effects of the significant winter storm, the January meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Committee that had been scheduled for tonight (January 27, 6:30 p.m.) has been postponed.


We’ll post a new date here once the meeting has been rescheduled.  Thank you for your understanding.

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group, at its meeting of June 24, 2014, passed the following resolution:

The Gowanus CAG, established by the EPA, which represents a cross section of residents, businesses and civic organizations in and around the Gowanus Canal corridor, demand that New York City as one of the Responsible Parties, as defined by the EPA, actively and cooperatively work with the EPA on all aspects which they are accountable for as required by the Gowanus Record of Decision (ROD), but especially for the timely determining the number(s), size and location(s), and design engineering of the required sewage retention tanks.

To date, the City’s positions/policies concerning the Gowanus Canal and the ROD and their participation in the initial design phase and cooperation with the EPA has not produced the positive results that are required for the clean-up the Gowanus Canal to proceed within the proposed schedule. The Gowanus CAG was alarmed by the recent consent order issued by the EPA against the City of New York that would be an unnecessary expense for New York City tax payers. If New York City fails or refuses participate in the planning phase, the EPA under current law can and will charge the City three times (3X) the cost to plan and build the retention tanks.