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This Year’s Water Rate Increase The Lowest In Nine Years

The New York City Water Board today voted to approve the DEP’s proposed 3.35% increase in the Fiscal Year 2015 water rate, the lowest increase in 9 years and less than half the published projection of 7.8%. The significant reduction was achieved through internal cost-cutting measures, refinancing higher cost debt, and by redirecting part of […]

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Rehabilitated Pump Station Reduces CSOs Into Coney Island Creek By Nearly 90%

A recently rehabilitated pump station in Gravesend, Brooklyn now has the capacity to pump 80 million gallons of sanitary and stormwater flow to the Owl’s Head Wastewater Treatment Plant each day, more than 150 percent more than it could before the upgrade. The rehabilitated station is expected to reduce sewer overflows by nearly 90%, significantly […]

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Grey To Green Conference: Early Bird Discount By March 31st

Earlier this month, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched their program for the 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience. Held on June 1-2, 2015 in Toronto, Grey to Green features the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 50 […]

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NJ DEP Orders Reduction Of Sewage Flow Into Rivers

New Jersey State officials ordered several North Jersey towns and sewer authorities on Thursday to begin to develop ways to cut down on the billions of gallons of annual sewage discharge that enters the Hackensack, Passaic and Hudson rivers. Construction of new pipe systems, holding tanks and stormwater infrastructure is still years away for many […]

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Revised Draft of SPDES Permit for MS4 Stormwater Discharges – Published!

After a full year since DEC first made available for public review and comment a draft State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) owned or operated by the City of New York, the Department has prepared a revised draft addressing the comments received. The revised […]

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DEP Chief Faces Tough Questions At Budget Hearing

Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Emily Lloyd faced tough questions about sewage, flooding and green infrastructure during a two-hour budget hearing before the City Council. The DEP’s expense budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is projected at $1.2 billion ($500 million less than 2015) and is funded almost entirely by water and sewer fees. Highlights from […]

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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Predictions and Responses, Wednesday March 25th

Join NYC Parks for a popular science talk and book signing by atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel. Native New Yorker Adam Sobel is an expert on extreme weather and climate change. A professor in Columbia University’s Engineering School and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, he is the author of over 100 peer reviewed research articles and the recipient […]

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Comment Letters Are In! See What We And Our Members Had To Say About DEC’s Proposed WQS Amendments

Comments on DEC’s Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 701 and 703 for Class I and Class SD Waters were due on Monday and we’ve included a list below of letters that S.W.I.M. and S.W.I.M. members have submitted to the DEC. Thank you to everyone who participated! We will update the list as content becomes […]

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Take the STEW-MAP Survey!

Are you a park advocate, beach cleaner, kayaker, environmentalist, educator, or community organizer based in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary? If so, the New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program needs your help in putting your group on the map. STEW-MAP (the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project) is a comprehensive map of […]

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DEC Releases Coastal Green Infrastructure Plan for New York City

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commisioner Joe Martens announced the Coastal Infrastructure Research Plan for New York City this week. The plan lays out a research agenda that will “advance an understanding of the benefits and costs of Coastal Green Infrastructure strategies, to ultimately facilitate the selection and implementation of projects which can […]

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Public Says Proposed DEC Water Quality Standards Don’t Go Far Enough

Water quality standards get some press! In an article on Capital New York’s website, environment reporter David Giambusso explains why many of the speakers at Monday’s public hearing believe the changes proposed by New York State don’t go far enough. Advocates called for a more scientifically rigorous approach (one that’s based on enterococcus levels rather […]

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New Yorkers Gather to Demand Clean Water: A Background and Summary of This Week’s Water Quality Standards Public Hearing

It was a great turnout last Monday at the public hearing convened by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on amending the water quality standards for Class I and SD waters in New York City. Upgrading the standards for these waters to one designated for “primary contact” recreation would be a major step […]

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Tonight! Bronx River Alliance Hosts A Discussion On Citizen Science & Government Action

From Bronx River Alliance: Participate in an insightful evening of conversation on the role of citizen science as it relates to government action, as we launch our new report, Citizen Science on the Bronx River: An Analysis of Water Quality Data. The Citizen Science Report analyzes data collected by citizen scientists along the Bronx River […]

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The Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: A Tour Summary

The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn hosted its 4th annual Valentine’s Day Digester Eggs Tour last weekend, giving a total of three packed tours of “the biggest, the newest and the best” wastewater treatment plant in New York City. The event has been winning the hearts of residents from all boroughs since […]

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Is It Safe To Use Rain Barrel Water To Irrigate Your Garden Edibles?

According to recent data collected by scientists from Australia’s University of Melbourne, irrigation with stormwater is feasible, as long as appropriate crops are selected and soils are frequently turned over. In an experiment using highly polluted “synthetic” stormwater, they found that the crops and parts of crops used in the experiment varied in contamination levels, […]

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DEP Announces 2014 Green Infrastructure Grant Winners, Awards $3 Million

DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced last week that six community-based stormwater management practices have been selected to receive over $3 million through the Green Infrastructure Grant program. The selected projects are expected to prevent more than 6 million gallons of stormwater a year from entering our combined sewers, reducing pollution in the East River, Gowanus […]

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Blueprint Columbus: A Unique Approach To Sewer Overflows

The City of Columbus is only a couple years away from virtually resolving its CSO issues, but sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and basement backups continue to be a problem. Blueprint Columbus is a new community-based plan the City is now pursuing that focuses less on traditional grey solutions and more on removing stormwater from sanitary […]

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Introducing: The Open Sewer Atlas Interactive Map

The Open Sewer Atlas Interactive Map is now live! Check it out, play with the layers and view the pop-up features. Note: The map works best in Google Chrome. There are several layers you can chose from by opening the layer menu from the top left toolbar. Please note that some layers with a lot […]

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Swimmable Water in NYC: Make your voices heard! [RESCHEDULED DATE: MARCH 9TH, 12:00PM]

//// MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 9TH AT 12:00PM //// //// PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 16TH //// Dear SWIM members, As you know from prior SWIM alerts, the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation has proposed to improve the swimmability of waterbodies in NYC, by amending the Water Quality Standards […]

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Bronx River Long Term Control Plan Kick-off Meeting – February 12th

Hold the date! The DEP is holding its kick-off meeting on the CSO Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for the Bronx River next month: Thursday, 12 February 2015 Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education 928 Simpson Street, 6th Floor, Bronx, NY 10459 6:00pm to 8:00pm DEP will provide a brief presentation at 6:30pm. S.W.I.M. […]

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Borough President Eric Adams Releases Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Stormwater Management Plan

Borough President Eric Adams has announced a plan developed by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to develop stormwater infrastructure design guidelines for the 14-mile Brooklyn Greenway. The plan’s 23 capital projects, which involve both green and gray infrastructure, will prevent up to half a billion gallons a year of stormwater from entering our combined sewer system, dramatically […]

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DEC Public Meeting On Proposed Rulemaking For Swimmable Waters – January 6th 11AM

DEC will hold a Public Information Meeting on January 6, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the proposed rulemaking to amend Parts 701 and 703 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) to require that the quality of Class I […]

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Work For S.W.I.M.! Now Hiring Part-Time Coordinator

Stormwater Infrastructure Matters Coalition (S.W.I.M) seeks a part time Coordinator to advance the sustainable stormwater management and green infrastructure policy agenda in New York City through community outreach and fund raising. The candidate must: -have a Bachelor’s degree (water resources management or a related field is a plus); -be comfortable working with partner organizations; -have […]

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Open Sewer Atlas NYC Workshop – February 3rd

From Open Sewer Atlas: “Open Sewer Atlas NYC is starting to wrap up! But before we do, we’ll be hosting a workshop to share ideas, discuss the tools and resources needed to understand the sewer system, and identify best management practices for stormwater management in NYC. We will be sharing data and graphics developed through […]

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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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