Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Please! Take one giant civic step forward for our neighborhood and send a "YES" email to the EPA by Friday April 27!

Do you remember the Gowanus Canal's Poo Poo Tsunami?  You SHOULD!  
It was a toxic and disgusting event fully illustrating the Gowanus Canal's CSO's (Combined Sewer Overflows) problem in video better than any full length lecture on the topic could ever do. The PMFA bog exclaimed:  "HOLY CRAP!" 
and featured the video.  

So did the Gothamist blog writing  "Gowanus Canal's Latest Gross Out"  featuring the video and Gowanus Canal's CSO's problem in our own backyard.  Gothamist wrote:  "The Brooklyn tornado took out a lot of trees earlier this month, but did you know it also transformed the Gowanus Canal into a flowing body of raw sewage? Check it out below, it's just like the chocolate river in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory except—strike that, reverse it—it is not at all like the chocolate river in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. [Warning: You may want to watch this after lunch.]"

We also featured and re-featured the Gowanus Canal Poo Poo Tsunai video here at CORD 
writing A Poo Poo Tsunami hits the Goanwus Canal and other cr---y news.

Do we, the residents of the Gowanus Canal area, want the Gowanus Canal to have any more poo poo tsunamis???  Of course not!  The EPA's Proposed PRAP (Plan to Clean Up the Gowanus Canal) currently includes the treatment of the CSO problem.  We are extremely fortunate to have the EPA propose to clean the CSO's in our Gowanus Canal as well as the toxic sediment there.  In fact the CSO's in the Gowanus Canal become toxins as they combined with the chemical contaminants in the Canal making for a toxic poo poo.

If you would like to see the CSO's problem addressed along with the other chemical contamination in the Gowanus Canal, you must speak up by the Friday April 27 deadline. You must make your voice heard this week.  

We at CORD urge you to:  PLEASE!
Take one giant civic step forward for our neighborhood and send a "YES" email to the EPA!

You can say something like:

Dear Mr. Tsiamis:

No more Poo Poo Tsunamis!
I like love your plan to clean the Gowanus Canal AS IS and I want the EPA to JUST DO IT!
Clean the entire canal including the CSO's!
Sincerely yours, 

Mail your comments to:
Christos Tsiamis
Project Manager
Central New York Remediation Section
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
290 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, New York 10007-1866

Or email your comments to:
e-mail: GowanusCanalComments.Region2@epa.gov

OR, contact 
Natalie Loney, Community Involvement Coordinator, at 212-637-3639, loney.natalie@epa.gov.

The deadline is this Friday April 27.



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........