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United Nations World Water Day 2017: Wastewater

We are excited to note that on SWIM’s 10th Anniversary, the focus of World Water Day 2017 is Wastewater.  A report titled Wastewater – the Untapped Resource will be issued by the United Nations Water Assessment Program on March 22, 2017. “The report’s title reflects the critical role that wastewater is poised to play in the context […]

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Update on Sewage Discharges into Coney Island Creek

S.W.I.M. recently posted an update on our blog about an illegal discharge of sewage into Coney Island Creek. Several articles have been published on this issue, below are links to the articles and details from our original blog post. DEP has advised community board 13 and local stakeholders that the discharges have been stopped as […]

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Notes from S.W.I.M. Coalition’s October 11 Public Meeting:

Marianna Koval, from the NYU Center for Sustainable Business, spoke at S.W.I.M.’s  quarterly public meeting on October 11, about the partnership between NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Natural Resources Defense Council to restructure the city’s Grant Program for Green Infrastructure on Private Property and encourage more private property owners to get grants to […]

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Ongoing threats to water quality

The New York City Water Trail Association, a non-profit group of citizen scientists that test water quality throughout the NY Harbor shoreline, reported alarming results last week. A 0.4 inch rainfall on September 14 seems like it was enough rain to cause a combined sewer overflow event in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek; four of the […]

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DEP Releases Eye-Opening Reports on Green Infrastructure Progress and Challenges

Last month, DEP submitted two important reports to the state on its green infrastructure program.  These reflect significant progress – and significant challenges – over the program’s first 5 years. Since 2010, DEP has invested over $250 million in GI projects, which now capture the first inch of runoff from 437 acres of impervious area. […]

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Coney Island Creek CSO LTCP Public Meeting #2

The DEP’s Public Meeting #2 for the proposed Coney Island Creek CSO Long Term Control Plan is this week! Wednesday, April 20, 6 P.M. at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, Education Hall. 602 Surf Avenue, Coney Island. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to express your opinions and share your vision for the […]

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S.W.I.M. Public Meeting Monday March 14th

Please join S.W.I.M. Coalition to discuss: An update on CSO and MS4 issues in New York City by S.W.I.M. Coalition steering committee members, Sean Dixon, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney, and Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council.  The new CSO Consent Order which will soon be released by NY DEC and how we, as advocates, […]

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Coney Island Creek Community Workshop

S.W.I.M. Coalition partnered with Coney Island Beautification Project, the Partnerships for Parks Catalyst Program, and the Wildlife Conservation Society to organize and host  a community workshop about the CSO Long Term Control Plan for Coney Island Creek. The workshop took place at the New York Aquarium and we invited DEP to join us so they […]

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Great Video About Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek Superfund Sites BRIC TV Video!

Watch this great BRIC TV video about the Gowanus and Newtown Creek Super Fund Sites,  SWIM Coalition member Willis Elkins from the Newtown Creek Alliance participated in the conversation with colleagues from Brooklyn College and 5th Avenue Committee. Through a fascinating discussion with Elkins, Zhongqi Cheng, associate professor at Brooklyn College, and Michele de la Uz, Executive […]

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Please Attend the Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek Community Workshop!

Please join Riverkeeper, the Guardians of Flushing Bay and S.W.I.M. Coalition on March 5th for a workshop about important water quality issues in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. Hear from local elected officials and community members about what is going on with CSOs in Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek and participate in a Q&A with the […]

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S.W.I.M. Coalition & Member Comment Letters to DEP

S.W.I.M. Coalition, our members, and community partners have been busy attending public meetings and writing comment letters to the City over the past few months as the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plans have been released. See all the letters here.  We are very concerned about the general approach in the 6 plans (out […]

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Please Attend NYC DEP’s January 12 Citywide CSO LTCP Public Meeting!

It’s important for the City to hear our voices at their January 12 Public Meeting! Please join us on January 12 at Laguardia Community College in the Building E-Poolside Cafe from 6-8 p.m. to let NYC Department of Environmental Protection know how much you care about your local waterways and want them to improve their plans […]

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SWIM’s most recent public meeting on Nov. 6 was a great success!

S.W.I.M.’s most recent public meeting last week was a great success! The presentations were informative and extremely relevant to today’s most pressing water issues. Presentations included: Shino Tanikawa, a member of SWIM’s steering committee, and Executive Director of the NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, provided an overview of NYC’s current water quality issues, the City’s Long Term […]

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Time to SPEAK UP about Westchester Creek, Flushing Creek and Hutchinson River!

SWIM Coalition submitted 3 comment letters to DEP last week outlining our concerns about their proposed Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plans (CSO LTCP) for Westchester Creek, Flushing Creek and Hutchinson River. The City (DEP) has delivered their proposed water quality improvement plans for these three waterbodies to the State (DEC) for review and has invited […]

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You’re Invited: SWIM’s next public meeting to be held November 6 on our education and outreach program.

Please join SWIM Coalition for our next public meeting where we’ll introduce our 2015/2016 education and outreach program for the CSO Long Term Control Plans the City is issuing now through 2017.  RVSP required for security purposes. RSVP here. Please fill out this short survey in advance of the meeting so we can get your input on content and schedules for […]

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5 questions to ask at DEP’s Long Term Control Plan Public Meetings

Make your voice heard at the next LTCP Public meeting. Here are five questions you should ask to learn more about DEP’s plan for your nearby waterbody. Tell DEP how you currently use the city’s waterways, and how you would use the water if it were cleaner. DEP needs to know that it is important not only to prioritize […]

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Gowanus Canal Conservancy Presents EXPO Gowanus, Thursday May 28th, 5-8PM

EXPO Gowanus is a free event created by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, featuring Design, Stewardship and Investigation projects that beautify and enhance the health of the Gowanus Canal and Watershed. Exhibitors include the GCC, area schools and organizations such as NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arts Gowanus and more. […]

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This Wednesday // GreenHomeNYC May Forum: Backyard Potential (S.W.I.M. Steering Committee Members Speak!)

At least 9,000 acres of New York City’s land were converted from vacant land to impermeable buildings, roads, and parking lots over the last 25 years. This becomes especially problematic when it comes to managing storm water in the face of increased precipitation associated with climate change. S.W.I.M. Steering Committee members Jaime Stein (Head of […]

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Bioswale Construction Begins in Five Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Construction has begun on approximately 90 specially designed bioswales in the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. When construction is completed later this summer, the bioswales will have the capacity to collect and absorb nearly 170,000 gallons of stormwater. It is estimated that the bioswales will capture more than […]

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Gowanus Canal CSO LTCP Public Meeting – May 14th, 6PM

Hold the date! Public Meeting #2 for the Gowanus Canal Long Term Control Plan has been announced: Thursday, May 14th 6:00PM – 8:00PM Public School 32 317 Hoyt St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 DEP will provide a brief presentation at 6:30PM. If you missed the kick-off last November, DEP has provided a summary of and presentation […]

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New Report Analyzes Impacts of Green Spaces on Urban Communities

A new report released by the David Suzuki Foundation documents the impact urban green spaces can have on human health and well-being. Published in collaboration with the EcoHealth Ontario Research Working Group, the report analyzed more than a hundred recent scientific studies and examined the relationships between ecological benefits and the size, quality and density […]

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Bronx River LTCP Public Meeting – Thursday, May 7th

Hold the date! The public meeting for the Bronx River Long Term Control Plan has been announced: Thursday, May 7th 6:00PM – 8:00PM Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education 928 Simpson Street, Gymnasium, Bronx, NY 10459 DEP will provide a brief presentation at 6:30PM. If you missed the kick-off meeting in February, you can […]

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Deadline Today! Sample Letters for Citywide Stormwater Pollution Permit comments

Reminder! Today is the deadline for comments to the DEC on Citywide Stormwater Pollution Permit! We’ve created sample letters for you to use to prepare your own: one longer and one simpler. See our recent post about the revised draft. It’s important to let DEC know that we are not satisfied with their revisions. All […]

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The Rooftops Conference – Registration Now Open!

The Rooftops Conference NYC 2015, to be held on Friday, April 24th, will be the fifth annual symposium for the not-for-profit sector focused on the role of real estate — owned, leased, or hosted physical space — in the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and mission types. […]

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SWIM Coalition is sponsored by the New York City Soil & Water Conservation District. Your donation will be made to the SWCD but will be earmarked for SWIM activities. Your donations are tax deductible under the IRS code 170(c)1.
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S.W.I.M. has been supported by generous grants from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation (2012, 2015, and 2016/2017), van Ameringen Foundation (2014 and 2016/2017), Patagonia (2016) and the New York City Environmental Fund (2009 - 2011).
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