I'm writing to update you on a few things that have happened since our last meeting.
1. S.W.I.M. was represented at the CitySol event this past weekend and recieved several letters from people supporting our position. We will be sending those on to the Mayor's Office soon.
2. DEP has released the Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plans to the public at the same time that it is sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their review.
User name: Open Water (or use the drop down to find another waterbody)
3. Attached is a letter providing recommendations from many of the Open Water CAC members with respect to the WB/WS facilty plans and CSO LTCPs. Most of you are on the Open Water CAC and may have recieved this already, but for those who haven't, it's the CAC's comments on the presentations and stakeholder process around the plans prior to thier release.
4. From Ellie Hanlon: You are cordially invited to a Gowanus Restoration IdeaShare!
Scientists, city, state and federal agencies, elected officials, and fans of the Gowanus Canal: let's unite around the goals of developing storm water best management practices, remediation and restoration!
Each of you brings a unique perspective to the Gowanus Canal puzzle. Come out on Monday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM to the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club boathouse (end of 2nd St off of Bond, use 165 2nd St, 11231 to map location) to share your piece of the solution.
We'll experience the canal from a canoe and meet other like-minded people from the scientific community, the Mayor's Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of City Planning, NYC Parks Department, Department of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, and elected officials.
Wear clothes you can canoe in and bring your ideas and dreams to make pocket wetlands, swales, porous pavement, LEED-certified buildings, and a soft shoreline along the canal a reality! Feel free to bring posters or other materials, but leave the PowerPoints in the office! We'll have a fun, informal meeting focused on the common goal of creating a world-class example of urban restoration.
We'll canoe from 6:30 to 7:30 and then gather at the boathouse for refreshments and idea sharing until sunset. If you want to briefly (5 minutes) explain an idea you have for improving the Gowanus Canal, email me to be added to the schedule. We'll share ideas and then have a chance to mingle and make connections to collaboratively develop ideas and proposals. Please RSVP by Friday, July 20 to ellie.hanlon @ gmail.com.
See photos of the fabulous naturally occurring plants and animals here (click through to see whole set)
Minutes and agendas from our past meetings can be found at
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