The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is beginning remediation of the Gowanus Canal Northside site (also known as the Bayside Fuel Oil Depot) under New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

Work will include dismantling and removing oil storage tanks, piping and associated shallow contaminated soil for disposal off-site, in preparation of a full Remedial Investigation. Based on the results of the Remedial Investigation, NYS DEC will develop a Remedial Action Work Plan that will be subject to public comment, leading to a final design and cleanup action.

You can download NYSDEC’s Gowanus Canal Northside site factsheet here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/c224080irm.pdf

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the K-Fulton Works site (NYSDEC site #224051), principally bordering the eastern edge of the head of the Gowanus Canal.  The ROD describes the remedy selected to address contamination on the site of the former manufactured-gas plant (MGP).

According to NYSDEC, the site was operated as a manufactured-gas plant from about 1879 until 1929.  The operation of the plant caused contamination of sub-surface soil and groundwater by coal tar, a byproduct of manufactured gas production.

Major elements of the planned cleanup include:

  1. Construction of a subsurface barrier wall to prevent coal tar migration to the Gowanus Canal.
  1. Coal tar recovery by use of coal tar recovery wells or other systems.
  1. Excavation and/or stabilization of MGP structures and source material to be coordinated with re-development.
  1. A Site Management Plan that will include provisions to monitor the performance and effectiveness of the remedy.

NYSDEC estimates the remediation work will cost $54,525,000.

Click here to view a PDF version of the complete ROD.

For more information, contact NYSDEC Project Manager Henry Willems at (518) 402-9662, or via email at henry.willems@dec.ny.gov.

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group will hold its July 2015 General Meeting at the Mary Star of the Sea Senior Residences, at 41 1st Street in Carroll Gardens, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.  All Gowanus CAG meetings are open to the public, and we invite you to attend to learn more about the EPA Superfund cleanup of the canal.

DRAFT AGENDA (all times are approximate)

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Introductions and Updates

  • Introductions
  • Project Updates (EPA)

7:00 PM: CAG Committee Updates

  • Administration Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Archaeology Committee
  • Water Quality and Technical Committee
    • NYSDEC amendments to the Brownfield Program regulations
  • Other Business

8:30 PM: Adjourn

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection submitted the Draft CSO Facility Site Recommendation Reports to the EPA last week, for the RH-034 (head-end of the Gowanus Canal) and OH-007 (mid-Canal) sewer outfall retention tanks.  The reports explain the DEP’s site recommendations in detail.

You can view PDF copies of the reports by clicking the links below:

RH-034 Site Recommendation Report

OH-007 Site Recommendation Report

Egret:Miska Draskoczy

 

From the July 3, 2015 edition of The New York Times:

The photos here are part of an exhibition called “Gowanus Wild,” which will be at the Brooklyn Public Library until Sept. 25. Already they are documents of a vanishing world. Since Mr. Draskoczy started shooting in 2012, most of the sites he photographed have been torn down or swept away for new development, he said. Once-empty streets now bustle with baby strollers and bar patrons. But the other night he ventured down to the end of Huntington Street, where he had photographed the egret. The tree was still there, and in it, on the same branch, was an egret.

 

Photo: Miska Draskoczy

New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver revealed the proposed sites for two large retention tanks intended to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Gowanus Canal at the June meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group this past Tuesday evening.

The tanks, a remedy ordered by the EPA to aid the long-term health of the canal, would be located at a site along the eastern shore of the head end of the Gowanus, and mid-canal at the site of the Gowanus Salt Lot, if the locations are accepted by the EPA.  DEP estimates that construction of the tanks would cost approximately $490 million and $311 million, respectively, with work commencing around 2018 and lasting several years.

To view NYC DEP’s presentation, click here.

Gowanus CSO Tank Site 1 Rendering

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group holds its monthly meeting tonight, June 30th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mark Star of the Sea Senior Apartments at 41 1st Street in Carroll Gardens.

The agenda is as follows:

6:30 – 6:45 PM: Introductions and Updates

  • Introductions
  • Project Updates (EPA)

6:45 – 8:00 PM: Conversation with NYCDEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd

8:00 PM: CAG Committee Updates

  • Administration Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Archaeology Committee
  • Water Quality and Technical Committee

8:30 PM: Adjourn

All Gowanus Canal CAG meetings are open to the public.

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group holds its May General Meeting this Tuesday, May 26th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Mary Star of The Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street, in Carroll Gardens.  The meeting’s draft agenda is as follows: 

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Introductions and Updates

  • Introductions
  • Project Updates (EPA)

7:30 PM: CAG Committee Updates

  • Administration Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Archaeology Committee
  • Water Quality and Technical Committee

8:30 PM: New Member Interview

9:00 PM: Adjourn

This meeting, as are all Gowanus Canal CAG meetings, is open to the public.  Please join us!