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.