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January 2016 Comment Letters

Guardians of Flushing Bay Comment Letter to DEP regarding the forthcoming CSO LTCP for Flushing Bay

December 2015 Comment Letters on DEP’s Proposed CSO Long-Term Control Plan for Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay:

Save the Sound’s Comment Letter 

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Comment Letter

A Queens Resident’s Comment Letter

December 2015 Comment Letter on DEP’s Public Meeting # 1 for the Coney Island Creek CSO Long Term Control Plan: 

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Comment Letter to DEP

October 2015 Comments on Proposed NYC CSO Long-Term Control Plans for Flushing Creek, Westchester Creek and Hutchinson River:

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Flushing Creek LTCP Comment Letter

Friends of Flushing Creek’s Flushing Creek LTCP Comment Letter

Empire Dragon Boat Team’s Flushing Creek LTCP Comment Letter

Guardians of Flushing Bay’s Flushing Creek LTCP Comment Letter

Queens College Flushing Creek LTCP Comment Letter

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Westchester Creek LTCP Comment Letter

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Hutchinson River LTCP Comment Letter

June 2015 Comments on Proposed NYC Long-Term Control Plans for the Bronx River and Gowanus Canal 

Bronx River Alliance’s Bronx River LTCP Comment Letter

S.W.I.M. Coalition’s Bronx River LTCP Comment Letter

Joint S.W.I.M. and Riverkeeper Gowanus LTCP Comment Letter

DEP’s Response to S.W.I.M. Riverkeeper Gowanus LTCP Comment Letter

The Nature Conservancy’s Bronx River LTCP Comment Letter

CAMPAIGNS:

May 2015 Comments to NYC Water Board Concerning Proposed 2015 Water and Wastewater Rates:

Comment letters from S.W.I.M. Members/Supporter Organizations:

April 2015 Comments on DEC’s Proposed Amendments to Revised Draft MS4 SPDES Permit No. NY-028-7890, Citywide Stormwater Pollution Permit:

Comment letters from S.W.I.M. Members/Supporter Organizations:

We’ve also included DEP’s comment letter, which opposes many of S.W.I.M.’s recommendations:

March 2015 Comments on DEC’s Proposed Amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 701 and 703 for Class I and Class SD Waters

Comment letters:

December 2014 Comments on the Annual Citywide LTCP Meeting

Comment letters:

November 2014 Comments on the Flushing Creek LTCP

On October 23rd, the NYC DEP held its 2nd public meeting to discuss the Flushing Creek CSO Long Term Control Plan. S.W.I.M. responded to the DEP’s invitation for public comments concerning the plan’s development. View the DEP’s presentation from the public meeting on October 23rd

Comment letters:

September 2014 Letter to the DEP regarding the Hutchinson River LTCP

The DEP held a public meeting to present and discuss the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to address combined sewer overflows in the Hutchinson River on September 9th.

      Read SWIM’s

comment letter

    on the Hutchinson River LTCP

March/April 2014 Comment on NYSDEC’s draft SPDES permit for MS4 systems

Find out more about what the Municipal Separated Stormwater Sewer system is all about with S.W.I.M.’s MS4 for Dummies! Then, use S.W.I.M.’s Sample Comment Letter to submit your concerns to the DEC!

Thank you to our members organizations who have already written letters!

Governmental Agency comments:

 

PLAN COMMENTS:
10/31/11 S.W.I.M. Comments on DEP’s Proposed Stormwater Performance Standard, one of the five goals of DEP’s 2010 GI Plan.

11/18/11 Comments to the NYS DEC on the 2011 CSO Order Modification, which unifies elements of the DEP’s 2010 GI Plan and the LTCP process.

07/26/11 Comments from S.W.I.M. discussion on public notification, and status and efficacy of commitments made in the Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan

11/12/2010 S.W.I.M. Steering Committee preliminary comments to NYS DEC Asst. Commissioner Tierney on DEP’s Green Infrastructure Plan.
***NYCDEP Commissioner Holloway’s response letter to S.W.I.M.

11/12/2010 Comments for the NYC Department of City Planning Re: Draft recommendations to of Vision 2020: The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.


TESTIMONIES:

05/2012 Letter to the NYC Report & Advisory Board Review Commission to reject proposal to waive the requirement that the City update and report progress to City Council on the city’s Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan

10/14/11 Testimony before the NYS Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation public hearing “for better notification procedures” of sewer overflows, sponsored by NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat.

9/19/11 S.W.I.M.testimony before City Council oversight hearing on “The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant Fire: Assessing Community Outreach and the Impact on Businesses and Recreation.”

11/10/10 Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection on a set of intros (T2010-1920, Int. 0075. Int. 0398 and Int. 0399) on invasives, biodiversity, and stormwater tolerance in public plantings.

08/10/2010 S.W.I.M. Coalition submitted comments to New York City Departments of Housing Preservation and Development and Parks and Recreation on the proposed “Greenthumb Gardens” rules, stating that “we know community gardens as places of experimentation and creativity, incubators of stewardship and civic engagement, and an important part of Green Infrastructure.”

05/07/10 Testimony before the New York City Water Board on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed water rates for FY 2010-2011.

02/23/2009 Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the City Planning Commission of NYC hearing on proposed Waterfront Text Amendment (N 090239 ZRY)

04/07/09 S.W.I.M. Coalition and several of its members gave testimony before Committee on Environmental Protection of the Council of the City of New York on “The Implementation of PlaNYC’s Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan”

03/03/09 S.W.I.M. Coalition testified before New York City Department of Buildings on Draft Green Roof Tax Abatement Rules

06/19/08 S.W.I.M. Coalition member Riverkeeper gave testimony before the Council of the City of New York oversight hearing, “Should the Ridgewood Reservoir Be Preserved as a Wetland?”

04/15/08 Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the Council of the City of New York proposed revisions to zoning text concerning street trees and yards

12/19/07 Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the City Planning Commission of NYC hearing on proposed revisions to zoning text concerning street trees and yards

11/08/07 Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the Committee on Environmental Protection of the Council of the City of New York hearing on sustainable stormwater management (Intros. 628, 629, 630)

09/24/07 S.W.I.M. Coalition members gave testimony before the Council of the City of New York on “Rising Waters: What Can the DEP Do About Flooding?”

02/14/07 S.W.I.M. Coalition members gave testimony before the Council of the City of New York oversight hearing on the City’s PLANYC 2030 sustainability goal to “open 90% of our waterways for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving our natural areas” and how best to achieve it.

10/17/06 Several founding members of the S.W.I.M. Coalition gave testimony Committee on Environmental Protection of the Council of the City of New York hearing on Long Term CSO Control Plans


EVENTS:

4.28.11 First Harbor Seal of Approval award ceremony at Gowanus Canal CDC, a designation for projects that “help connect upland communities to their waterfronts and generate solutions to issues of safe access, workforce development, incentives creation and Green Infrastructure policy.”


04/22/10 S.W.I.M. launches Minds in the Gutter, a juried exhibit of 16 bright ideas for stormwater management in New York City streets and sidewalks from professional firms, city agencies, students, community-based organizations and concerned citizens.

The exhibit was presented for the first time with a panel and viewing at the Museum of the City of New York on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. This event was attended by over 200 “do-ers and dreamers” in the field of stormwater management and produced a lively discussion moderated by Deborah Marton , Executive Director of Design Trust for Public Space.

06/30/08 S.W.I.M. Coalition Stormwater Summit at Hudson River Park (click here for agenda, and see Resources page for summary of outcomes)

11/08/07 City Hall Press Conference with Councilmember James Gennaro, Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection on Sustainable Stormwater Legislation

NY1 News VIDEO:Environmental Advocates Propose Bills To Reduce Sewage In City Water

10/28/07 Crappiest Costume Contest (come as your favorite water pollution), Habana Outpost, Brooklyn

03/22/07 SWIM Coalition Launch Event on World Water Day at Stuyvesant Cove Park
On World Water Day, Splashing for a Swimmable NYC, Huffington Post, Linda Cronin-Gross, March 22, 2007


LETTERS:
6.17.11
 Letter to Commissioners of NYC DEP and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to fulfill the spirit of the CSO Control Policy’s requirement to provide adequate notification to the public on where and when CSO overflows occur.

03.23.11 Letter to the Waterwire Editor, re: CSO signage and public notification

07.07.10 Commissioner Caswell Holloway, NYC Environmental Protection, re: public participation and the process of integrating Green Infrastructure into the Long Term Control Plans

03.04.10 Regional Administrator Judith Enck, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 re: status of total maximum daily load (TMDL) for nutrients and pathogens for NY harbor
***EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck response letter and letter to NY and NJ state environmental commissioners

08.19.09 Anne Canty, Department of Environmental Protection, re: serious concerns with NYC Waterbody Advisory Program on the website of the Department of Environmental Protection

03.04.09 Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, re: draft rules for implementing green roof tax abatement

08.25.08 Rohit Aggarwala, Director of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, re: Coalition Response to Creation of Green Roof Tax Abatement

04.14.08 Honorable Tony Avella, Chair, Subcommittee of Zoning and Franchises, NYC Council, re: Street trees planting text amendment, yard text amendment

03.12.08 Honorable Amanda Burden, Chairperson of NYC Planning Commission, re: Proposed Zoning Text Amendments Concerning Street Trees and Yards

08.22.07 Ariella Rosenberg Maron, Senior Policy Advisor on Sustainability at the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, re: Points for Consideration in Developing Fall 2007 CSO Stakeholder Meeting Agenda

08.16.07 Letter to the New York Times Editor

07.18.07 Letter from Open Water Long Term Control Plan Combined Sewer Overflow Citizens Advisory Committee to New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd, Re: Response of CAC members to LTCP process, as well as some issues concerning the relationship between the LTCP and PlaNYC.

07.10.07 Rohit Aggarwala, Director of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, re: Coalition Response to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York

06.14.07 Letter to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis

02. 18.07 Honorable Michael R Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, re: An Introduction to the S.W.I.M. Coalition Platform

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