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A few CAG updates

Hello Newtown Creek CAG members and followers,

What has the CAG been up to lately?

  • US EPA joined the October 1 CAG meeting for a presentation and discussion. They gave an overview of Phase I of the remedial investigation and discussed Phase II’s objective, schedule, activities and next steps.
  • Also at the October 1 meeting: Willis Elkins (CAG steering committee member and program manager for Newtown Creek Alliance) and Randy Austin (Chief, Spill Prevention & Response Programs, Region 2 – Environmental Remediation Division – NYS DEC) talked about recent petroleum dumping in Newtown Creek and some great community/agency teamwork that identified, investigated and is solving the problem.
  • And: Mitch Waxman shared photos and a summary of a boat tour that some CAG members attended in September, which was organized by the Newtown Creek Group. Anchor QEA, contractors conducting the RI/FS for EPA, conducted the tour on one of the boats that is being used for sampling activities. Watch his video HERE.
  • Notes from the October 1 CAG meeting give more detail on all of the above. View the notes on the CAG Notes page of the CAG’s website.
  • The CAG Steering Committee will meet this month to plan the agenda for the next full CAG meeting, which will be held in a few months in Queens.

Superfund Symposium opportunity – November 20th

CAG members and followers may be interested in the upcoming SYMPOSIUM ON SUPERFUND CLEANUPS engaging Brooklyn and Queens. EPA and community representatives will discuss cleanup activities at three Superfund sites in New York City.

Thursday Nov. 20, 6-9 PM at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room. The event is free and open to the public.

See the flyer below for more information!

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CAG Meeting 7pm TONIGHT

Reminder: Newtown Creek CAG meeting TONIGHT in Brooklyn!

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Where: McCarren Play Center Community Room, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
With: US EPA

On the agenda:

  1. Recap of recent happenings and news on Newtown Creek (by CAG members)
  2. EPA will discuss Phase 2 of the Remedial Investigation (Major Tasks): Objective, Schedule, Activities, Next Steps; And will give an Overview of Phase 1.

PLEASE NOTE 7:00 PM START TIME.

Public Transportation Information:
The McCarren Center (a.k.a. McCarren Pool Rec Center) is walking distance from the Nassau Ave. G train and the Bedford and Lorimer L trains.

Newtown Creek in the News…

In advance of Wednesday’s CAG meeting…

Here are two news articles from earlier this month about Newtown Creek. CAG members will give a brief update on this prior to EPA’s presentation and subsequent discussion.

From the New York Times: Rainbow Sheens and a Tip Draw a Focus to Dumping in Newtown Creek
From Brownstoner Queens: Thousands of Gallons of Oil Dumped into Dutch Kills Tributary This Summer

See you Wednesday at 7pm!

CAG meeting this Wednesday in Brooklyn…

Reminder: Newtown Creek CAG meeting THIS WEDNESDAY in Brooklyn!

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Where: McCarren Play Center Community Room, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
With: US EPA

On the agenda:

  1. Recap of recent happenings and news on Newtown Creek (by CAG members)
  2. EPA will discuss Phase 2 of the Remedial Investigation (Major Tasks): Objective, Schedule, Activities, Next Steps; And will give an Overview of Phase 1.

PLEASE NOTE 7:00 PM START TIME.

Public Transportation Information:
The McCarren Center (a.k.a. McCarren Pool Rec Center) is walking distance from the Nassau Ave. G train and the Bedford and Lorimer L trains.

Reminder: CAG meeting next Wednesday, October 1 with EPA

Please attend next week’s Newtown Creek CAG meeting…

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Where: McCarren Play Center Community Room, 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
With: US EPA

On the agenda:

  1. Recap of recent happenings and news on Newtown Creek (by CAG members)
  2. EPA will discuss Phase 2 of the Remedial Investigation (Major Tasks): Objective, Schedule, Activities, Next Steps; And will give an Overview of Phase 1.

PLEASE NOTE 7:00 PM START TIME.

Public Transportation Information:
The McCarren Center (a.k.a. McCarren Pool Rec Center) is walking distance from the Nassau Ave. G train and the Bedford and Lorimer L trains.

Save the Date: CAG meeting October 1 at 7pm

Save the date for the next Newtown Creek CAG meeting!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:00 PM
McCarren Play Center Community Room
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

EPA will join the CAG for this meeting — they will give a brief summary of Phase 1 sampling, an overview of the Phase 2 plan, and there will be time for questions and discussion.

More details to come…