Hello from CORD!
The public is invited to attend a VERY IMPORTANT meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) with senior-level officials from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on December 4 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at PS 32, 317 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn.
Your presence at this meeting will help demonstrate the community’s strong support for a comprehensive clean-up of the canal. The CAG will be asking NYSDEC officials pointed questions about the state’s role in the enforcement of Clean Water Act requirements to eliminate sewage overflows, whether and how the state is coordinating with EPA’s Superfund cleanup process, and other issues of vital importance to a proper clean-up of the canal and protection of public health.
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 the CAG's monthly meeting was held at the St Mary's Houses. Although most of the meeting concentrated on internal administrative business, there was an announcement from EPA Community Coordinator, Natalie Loney which was of particular interest.
EPA Region 2 has sent their Proposed Plan to National EPA Headquarters in Washington DC and to The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for comment.
As Natalie explained, beside the future of the plan depending upon approval from DC, one of the criteria EPA must meet is STATE ACCEPTANCE of the plan.
The DEC now has to review and comment on that plan--and accept it in order for the EPA to proceed.
Natalie tells us that Region 2 is still hoping to have this accomplished and the plan put out to our community (because we get to comment too!) by the end of this year.
Now NY State DEC has been taking a position that we at CORD believe is NOT in the best interests of our Canal or our Community. The Water Quality/Technical Committee of the CAG, which unanimously passed a resolution which demanded 100% elimination of CSO's, in addition to the sediment cleanup, had requested a meeting with the NY State DEC to discuss some of the concerns and questions they had.
DEC agreed to that meeting--and even though all CAG meetings are open to the public, in the wake of Sandy, it was decided to hold this meeting at PS 32 in order to accommodate more neighborhood residents.
So, on Tuesday, December 4th at 6-8 PM PLEASE come to PS 32 at 317 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn.