Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Recent CAG metting Info

Hello from CORD!

At the recent CAG meeting (Gowanus Canal Citizens' Advisory Group) held on Tuesday, March 8, at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Christos Tsiamis, EPA project manager for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Project, explained the RI in depth to the CAG members. A substantial list of questions from the CAG members was presented to Mr/ Tsiamis, who carefully and thoroughly addressed them, one by one. In meetings to come, this discussion will undoubtedly be continued as the information in the RI is extensive.

The Gowanus Canal Remedial Investigation can be found here:

You can also find more information here, in the article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle by Mike Weiss:
"Gowanus Canal: PCBs, Heavy Metals and Sewage/EPA Explains Results of Survey At Local Meeting"

GOWANUS — "Nearly a year after the Gowanus Canal was declared a Superfund site last March, the EPA held a public meeting on Wednesday to explain the results of their yearlong investigation detailing the canal’s contaminants, known as the Remedial Investigation report"......"PA regional administrator Judith Enck opened the meeting by saying, “Unfortunately, the Gowanus Canal is heavily polluted with PAHs, PCBs, heavy metals, and sewage. There’s a lot of work to do to transition the waterway from one of urban decay to one of urban revitalization and sustainability".....(see link for article)

The public is always welcome to attend these CAG meetings. We, at CORD, also urge you to write to us if you have any questions about either the info presented at the CAG meeting/s, or other matters of interest concerning the Gowanus Canal clean-up. We will do our best to find answers to your questions!
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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........