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 could hear from a cross section of community members about how they use Coney Island Creek and what an important resource the Creek is to the community.
The speakers at the workshop included Pamela Pettijohn, President and founder of Coney Island Beautification Project, Eddie Marks, District Manager for Community Board 13, Noah Chesnin, Policy Program Manager at NY Seascape Wildlife Conservation Society, Ted Enoch, Community Specialist of Partnerships for Parks Catalyst Program, and Daniel Loannou of the Coney Island History Project.
In break-out sessions at the workshop, community members shared their concerns about Coney Island Creek, envisioned how they would like to use the Creek in the future, and agreed to mobilize for a large turn out this spring for DEP’s public presentation of their proposed Long-Term Control Plan for addressing Combined Sewer Overflows in Coney Island Creek. S.W.I.M. will issue a report on the break – out session results and share it with Coney Island community members and stakeholders, SWIM coalition members, and DEP in early March.
SWIM’s new Cleanwater Steward Workbook proved to be a useful tool to help break down the complex issues of water quality in New York City.
Thank you to everyone who made the workshop so successful by coming out and sharing your thoughts, your concerns and your vision for the future of Coney Island Creek.
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 Department of Environmental Protection about their proposed long-term plans for managing CSO and stormwater runoff that flows into the Creek and Bay.
When it rains as little as half an inch within a few hours, the sewer system gets overwhelmed and discharges untreated sewage and stormwater into the Bay and Creek. Over 2 billion gallons of combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharge into Flushing Bay and Creek a year. CSO outfalls on the Bay and Creek are among the largest in the city, and pose eminent health concerns for the thousands of dragon boaters and human-powered boaters, as well as other users of the waterway.
We will hear from local elected officials about the importance of water quality for the Bay and Creek, learn from environmental experts in a series of presentations, discuss our collective concerns and vision for the waterways, and speak directly with the Department of Environmental Protection to ask questions about their plans to clean up the Bay and Creek.
Don’t miss this important event at 2pm on the Skyline Princess Cruise Ship! The ship will be docked at the World’s Fair Marina for the meeting and is a short walk from the Willets Point station on the 7 line. Ample parking is available (Visit skylinecruises.com for directions). Refreshments will be provided.
To RSVP: fill out this form, join the event on facebook, or or email GuardiansofFlushingBay@gmail.com.
This event would not be possible without the generous support of Riverkeeper, SWIM Coalition, and Skyline Cruises.
Public comment letters are due for Hutchinson River, Westchester Creek, and Flushing Creek to DEP on October 30, 2015. S.W.I.M. will post sample comment letters for these plans here on the blog and in our e-blast on October 14. All public comments should be sent to DEP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to review the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plans for your local waterbody on the DEP LTCP webpage.