Thursday, January 24, 2008

Upcoming: Gowanus Water Quality Meeting

Gowanus CSO Map

Anyone interested in the topic of water quality in the Gowanus Canal and plans to improve it will want to mark their calendars for February 12 when there will be a meeting to present that massive Gowanus Canal Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan Report. The 564-page document deals with water quality in the canal and plans to improve it, including the reduction of those awful events called CSOs (Combined Sewer Overflows) when raw sewage flows directly into the canal. The plan is detailed, so the best way to get a sense of it may be to listen to the presentations next month. The meeting will take place at 6:30PM at PS 58, which is located at 330 Smith Street (at Carroll Street). The red dots on the map above, which we took from the report, are spots where raw sewage can flow into the canal.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the Gowanus Canal meeting. The following is a the ENB notice of the meeting, document repositories and the site where the Plan can be viewed on line.
Gary Kline, P.E.
Section Chief, NYC Compliance Section
NYSDEC - Albany

ENB - Region 2 Notices
Notice of Document Availability and Public Meeting with Comment Period
County: Kings (Brooklyn)

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), Division of Water, Albany

Project Title: Gowanus Canal Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan Report, September 2007

Brief Description: Under a 2005 Consent Order with the NYS DEC, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) has prepared a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan (WWFP) for the Gowanus Canal located on Buttermilk Channel in the Upper New York Bay. The WWFP outlines the work that has been done to-date and future plans for improving water quality in the Gowanus Canal, including abatement of the Combined Sewer Overflows into Gowanus Canal. The WWFP is the first step in the process of meeting water quality standards. The Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), per the USEPA CSO Policy, will be prepared in the near future.

Public Meeting: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at P.S. 58 located at 330 Smith Street at Carroll Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Document Repositories: Four copies of the Gowanus Canal WWFP Report are available for viewing at the offices of the:

Carroll Gardens Public Library
396 Clinton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Park Slope Public Library
431 6th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street Brooklyn
New York 11201-6401

Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation
509 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231-3927

The WWFP Report can also be found online at

Public Comment Period: Will commence on February 12 and conclude on March 13, 2008.

Questions and comments may be directed to: Sue McCormick, P.E., NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3506, Phone: (518) 402-8199, Fax: (518) 402-9029, E-mail:

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