Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street
Doug Sarno opened the meeting at 6:35.
The January meeting summary was approved with no revisions.
Natalie Loney, EPA, presented the updates
- Planning for dredging of the 4th Street Basin is continuing; expect to mobilize in late August, dredging should be complete in February of next year; technical discussions between involved parties are moving forward and are on schedule.
- Project Manager Christos Tsiamis will be at the March CAG meeting and will provide more detail.
- EPA will meet with the city next week to review progress.
Questions & Answers
CAG Member: They’re working on bulkheads at the Fourth Street Basin now.
EPA: Originally the remediation plan was to start at the head of Canal and work our way down. Instead we’re starting with the Fourth Street Basin with the lessons learned and then moving to the head of the Canal.
CAG Member: How far along is National Grid in the remediation of the Public Place Site?
EPA: I don’t have an answer for that.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Activities Relating to the Gowanus Canal
Lynn Rakos, Archaeologist at USACE, briefed the CAG.
On February 27, the Corps released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the Hudson Raritan Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.
- Includes eight planning regions in a 25-mile radius around the Statue of Liberty.
- Recommends that 260 sites in the HRE CRP go forward to other feasibility studies.
- Corps had been doing six other studies separately starting in the 1990s and early 2000s, focusing on restoration efforts in different areas of Hudson Raritan Estuary, all of these are now incorporated into the HRE study.
- The goal is to strengthen natural habitats and minimize environmental impacts.
- 33 projects are recommended for funding.
USACE is also conducting a coastal storm risk-management study within the New York & New Jersey Harbor and tidally affected tributaries encompassing all of New York City. Anticipated recommendations will include features that can be implemented by the Corps and others. The Corps is currently developing a project management plan and will hold public & NGO workshops in the coming months.
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