March 2017 Comment Letters and Testimonies
December 2016 Comment Letters
SWIM, NRDC, Riverkeeper, Gaia Institute Public Testimonies at December 13, 2016 NYC City Council Committee for Environmental Protection’s Public Hearing for new legislation granting DEP the authority to enforce rules for reducing stormwater runoff on development and retrofit sites.
SWIM/Newtown Creek Alliance Comment Letter to NYC DEP regarding the Newtown Creek CSO Long Term Control Plan
SWIM Comment Letter to the Army Corp of Engineers regarding the Atlantic Coast of New York, East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay: Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Report And Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS)
November 2016 Comment Letters
SWIM Comment Letter to DEP regarding the Flushing Bay CSO Long Term Control Plan
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
The Nature Conservancy’s Bronx River LTCP Comment Letter
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
December 2014 Comments on the Annual Citywide LTCP Meeting
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
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.
March/April 2014 Comment on NYSDEC’s draft SPDES permit for MS4 systems
Thank you to our members organizations who have already written letters!
Governmental Agency 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.
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”
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?”
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.
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.
11/08/07 City Hall Press Conference with Councilmember James Gennaro, Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection on Sustainable Stormwater Legislation
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
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.
03.04.10 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
08.22.07 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.
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