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 of 11 the City plans to release between now and 2017) they have released so far. The general trend in almost all of the plans appears to be: to do the bare minimum.
Our Key Concerns Are:
While we realize and respect that the water quality improvement plans are immense in scale and the standards set forth by state and federal agencies are high and difficult for the City to meet in every case, nevertheless, we are concerned that many opportunities for improvement are getting missed. If the City doesn’t pursue aggressive action plans now while the proposals are in the development stage, there is a good chance that, at the very least, another generation of New Yorkers will face chronically unhealthy conditions in our local waterways.
As of December 28, 2015, we have requested a meeting with DEP to review our concerns and have distributed our key concerns to elected officials and stakeholders citywide in the hopes that we can all work together to improve the health of waterways and neighborhoods for many generations to come.
Check out our LTCP Fact Sheet to learn more about the plans and what you can do to let the City know you expect more of them as they develop long-term water quality improvement plans. Our voices matter!