Thursday, April 16, 2009


CORD Analysis:

"The Gowanus canal is severely contaminated and the science presented earlier this week by the EPA proves this point beyond the shadow of a doubt. In fact, The EPA stopped just short of calling the situation DANGEROUS, and neither the City nor the State of NY are in any position to handle the massive clean-up of all the contaminants that is clearly required of this site before it can be developed for any SAFE residential (or other) use.

There are countless informative pieces on this issue and the EPA's proposal to nominate the canal as a Superfund site (*See below).

We at CORD firmly believe in encouraging the Federal Government to do its job with federal dollars. This makes good sense and will benefit EVERYONE in the long run. Patience is required however.

The ENVIRONMENT belongs to ALL of us: it is our common, public space and we all suffer when it is contaminated the way the Gowanus Canal is." CG C.O.R.D.

CORD ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THE NOMINATION OF THE GOWANUS CANAL TO THE NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST AS A SUPERFUND SITE BY WRITING TO THE EPA AND TELLING THEM SO! It is very important that CG residents voice their opinion to the EPA. The 60 day comment period ends on June 6th, 2009 so residents should have their comments into the EPA by then.
Please CC (or copy) CORD at your comments if you would like us to feature them on our blog as we would be happy to publish them for you!

You may submit your comments on-line to:
or via email at:
(Note Docket #EPA-HQ-SFUND-2009-0063)

The addresses above came from:
The Campaign for Community Based Planning: Planning for All New Yorkers

*For More Information on the Gowanus Canal Contamination and Clean-Up Issues please go to:

Podcast: Superfund for Gowanus
/ Brain Lehrer Show
Walter Mugdan, Director of the Emergency and Remedial Response Division for the EPA's region 2 office (NY. NJ, PR and the USVI), talks about the probable superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal and Robert Spiegel, executive director of the Edison Wetlands Association, talks about what superfund designation meant for several sites in New Jersey.

Mayor Bloomberg, Your Band-Aid Solution to Gowanus Clean-Up NO Solution

EPA's Walter Mugdan on NPR's Brian Lehrer about Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Canal Superfund Meeting Re-Cap


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........