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 in the past year.
Link to FOIL documents: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Qvi-Kj4yWfratQixPJZlf8G_IwHQbSSz
The response was very similar to what they’ve consistently told the CAG.
One of the applications was 54 pages with absolute detail.
There are three agency response letters that don’t say anything.
We need another strategy that is more political – this isn’t just us – there is a unit to do reclassifications – do they just not move them?
When you submit a reclassification application, they don’t respond with something pertinent. They want the applicant to provide all this information and wait.
It’d be different if they said, “thanks, we’ll get to this in 35 years.”
They mimicked what they said on the phone – there’s nothing concrete that will help us figure out when or how to reclassify the waterway.
Where were the ones that submitted? One in the Finger Lakes with lots of waterbodies in it, most in the Hudson Valley, more initiated by resident associations.
I was thinking of asking how many have they reclassified without community input next. What bodies and how they were reclassified. Are there any internal processes/departmental processes?
The lake submissions were a little different because of freshwater/drinking water. Land use change is an initiator but obviously not prioritized.
Sounds like less emphasis on this to be a huge comprehensive resource when we turn it in.
Would be worth contacting Jo Anne Simon? Yes, is it worth asking the State Assemblywoman to be the petitioner?
Once we have the application/materials ready, let’s have a resolution to the whole CAG to agree with what we’ve put together, and to have Jo Anne Simon submit it. Read more »