Gowanus Canal CAG Meeting
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street
CAG Facilitator Doug Sarno opened the meeting at 6:40 PM. CAG members and guests introduced themselves.
July minutes were presented and approved.
At the July CAG meeting EPA discussed the start of work at the Fourth Street Turning Basin, which was intended to begin in August.
- At this time, National Grid is having minor challenges getting subcontracting in order.
- Debris removal has been delayed, and is expected to start sometime in mid-October.
- This delay allows EPA to develop a more robust communication strategy.
- EPA will provide fact sheets with visuals to the CAG and the larger community.
Questions and Answers
CAG Member: Do you have a target date for providing the information?
EPA: No, we do not.
CAG Member: Are you referring to the archaeology component?
EPA: No, we are talking about the contractor who will perform the debris removal work.
CAG Member: What does this work involve – will there be sampling? Will it smell?
EPA: There was some sampling taking place behind the bridge and the Al-Madinah School. What we’re talking about is the debris that needs to be removed before dredging can take place; it’s the preparatory (non-remedial) work of removing material from the Canal. Depending on what we find there, there may be some odors, but part of the process will include air monitoring on the perimeter.
CAG Member: There are clearly strong feelings about dredging the Canal. The problem is that there’s been a government claim until all the land on the sides of the Canal have been cleaned so that it doesn’t re-pollute the Canal.
EPA: The Fourth Street Basin is not the area we’re talking about. You don’t see the coal tar migration here like at other locations, for example, the head of Canal. This work is preparatory – we’re not going to be dredging right after that. There is a concern about recontamination of the Canal and portions where there is coal tar down to the native sediment – that’s where the solidification process will take place. There are certain sources upland where EPA is working to address contamination and there are steps being taken to address continued contamination in the Canal. We are not remediating all of those properties.