Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is New York City really serious about cleaning the Gowanus Canal? "Canal Clean-Up 101" for the City of New York

Hello from CG CORD!

Is the City of New York really serious about cleaning the Gowanus Canal?
Or is NYC committed to indefinite stalling and wrangling with the EPA at the taxpaper's and the water bill payer's expense?

We at CORD are very very concerned.

"Over decades, the City has never shown the will to clean the toxins at the bottom of the canal which cause  real environmental hazards, nor has it ever addressed the Combined Sewer Overflow issue in any meaningful way." PMFA
While we compile our CORD summary from last night's CAG meeting we want to call your attention to a vital blog post at PMFA

Author Katia Kelly's blog summarizes the main points so well that we feel it should be a must read for all of us citizens of the Gowanus area and those who plan to invest their lives and monies and futures here.  And the City of New York should read it as well.

We could even call it "Gowanus Canal Clean-Up 101" for the City of New York.



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........