Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Hello and Happy New Year from CORD! 


The EPA has issued its proposed plan for the Gowanus Canal Clean-Up and it includes our CSO's (combined sewer overflows) problem, CORD is very happy to report.  

Furthermore, the Public Meetings with the EPA have each been lengthened to allow for more questions.  They will each begin at 6:30!

The EPA will accept public comments on its proposed plan until March 28, 2013.

The EPA will hold public meetings on January 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Public School 58 (the Carroll School), 330 Smith Street, Brooklyn and on January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Joseph Miccio Community Center, 110 West 9th Street, Brooklyn to discuss the proposed plan and answer questions.   

It is not necessary to attend both meeting as they will cover the same material twice in two different locations.  Please put one of these meetings on your calendar!  It is very important you come and bring any questions with you or submit them ahead of time to us at cgcord@gmail.com, and we will try to have them answered for you.

Below are comments from our friends the Riverkeeper:

"Riverkeeper Commends EPA’s Inclusion of CSOs in Gowanus Cleanup Plan"


Contact: Tina Posterli, tposterli@riverkeeper.org, 914-478-4501 x239"

"OSSINING, NY – December 28, 2012 – Riverkeeper supports the EPA’s proposed plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and commends the agency for addressing the importance of reducing combined sewage overflows (CSOs) in addition to dredging the sediment at the bottom of the canal for proper remediation of the waterway."

“We’re pleased with the direction the EPA has taken,” said Josh Verleun, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney and Chief Investigator. “Overall we support EPA’s plan and their continued position that controlling CSOs is an essential part of the Gowanus canal cleanup. Development of the additional controls that would reduce CSOs by 58 – 74% is a significant step forward.”

"The EPA’s plan will address concerns raised by Riverkeeper from its history of patrolling the polluted Canal and ongoing reporting of widespread contamination, open dumping and continuing sewage discharges by New York City."

"While the EPA’s plan takes the critical step of calling for CSO retention for two of the Canal’s worst outfalls, many details will not be solidified until New York City submits their CSO Long Term Control Plan in 2015. It is critical for the EPA, New York State, and New York City to work together towards the eventual goal of 100% elimination of CSOs from the Canal."

"As a member of the Community Action Advisory Group (CAG) for the Gowanus Canal, Riverkeeper believes that a transparent public process has been and continues to be critical to developing a successful cleanup plan. We encourage our members to join Riverkeeper at one of two public meetings on the cleanup plan, and to submit written comments to the EPA by March 28th.
Riverkeeper has been actively pushing for a cleanup of the Gowanus Canal for years, and was instrumental in getting the Newtown Creek, another highly polluted Brooklyn waterbody, listed for federal Superfund cleanup."

"Together, these cleanups will provide unprecedented opportunities for people and wildlife in some of the nation’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Through routine water quality sampling, investigation and enforcement of polluters, Riverkeeper also extends its traditional patrol work on the Hudson to these and other tributaries."



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........