May 21 CAG meeting at LaGuardia Community College in Queens

The May 21 CAG meeting with New York State Department of Health will be held in Queens at LaGuardia Community College.

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave, E Building, Room E501
Topic: New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) will present on the final health assessment for Newtown Creek, give an update on the health outcomes review, and describe work to educate the public about fish consumption advisories in the creek.

Click here for map and subway directions:
Enter the college at the E Building, Thomson Ave entrance, and take the elevator to the 5th floor. As you exit the elevator, Room E501 is down the hall on your left.

Save the date: CAG meeting May 21

Please save the date for the next Newtown Creek CAG meeting –

Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 PM

New York State Department of Health will present.

Exact location to be determined.

Additional information to come soon…

An update from New York State Department of Health

An update from New York State Department of Health:
The New York State Department of Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have announced the release of their final Newtown Creek Public Health Assessment. A public health assessment is required for every site in New York on the US Environmental Protection Agency National Priority List, also known as the federal Superfund list. In a Public Health Assessment, the health agencies review information about hazardous substances at a site and evaluate whether exposure to those substances might cause harm to human health. A draft of this document was released for public review and comment in February 2012. This final version contains the public comments received and the responses from the health agencies. The public health assessment can be found at Or, to obtain copies of any of these documents, either email the Department of Health at or call them at 518-402-7860.

Note to CAG members and followers:
The next Newtown Creek CAG meeting will include a presentation from New York State Department of Health, regarding the update above and other information relevant to Newtown Creek. More details and logistics to come — the meeting is anticipated to take place in late April or early May in Queens.

NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant Program – application now open

The Green Infrastructure Grant Program application is now open on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) website. According to NYC DEP, Newtown Creek is a high priority area and applications are welcome.

See the press clips below for more information.
To access the application, follow the instructions HERE.


DNA Info

NEW YORK CITY — Folks in areas along Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek and Jamaica Bay could be seeing green for going green.The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging community groups, non-profits and property owners to apply for $6 million in new funding for environmentally friendly projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer overflows into waterways.Funding will be provided to projects that will reduce or manage a minimum of one inch of storm water on selected properties. Preference will be given to projects in priority watersheds, areas of land that drain into a common waterway. According to the DEP, areas in most need of cleanup include Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal, Flushing Bay and Jamaica Bay.”The main issue here is that a lot of New York City has combined sewers,” said DEP spokesman Ted Timbers. “All the waste water from your home, the toilets, the bathtubs… it all goes down the drain into the sewer system.”



Epoch Times

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched its Green Infrastructure Grant Program of $6 million for green focused initiatives in the city. This is the fourth year that the city is offering community groups, non-profits, and property owners a chance to realize their green initiatives. For the first time DEP will accept applications in the spring and fall. Applicants will also have the opportunity to review conceptual ideas with DEP engineers prior to submitting their application. “Investing in green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to improve the health of New York City’s local waterways, but it also brings multiple benefits to local communities including a greener landscape, cleaner air, and increased shade and cooler temperatures during the summer,” said DEP Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability Angela Licata, in a release. The Green Infrastructure Grant Program supports DEP’s city-wide effort to soften the impervious urban landscape and help absorb rainwater that would otherwise drain into the sewer system and contribute to combined sewer overflows into local waterways. The DEP will give preference to applicants who submit projects that engage local communities in environmental awareness with education and green job training. More information and the application can be found on the DEP website.



February 6 meeting notes available

Hello CAG members and followers:
Notes from the February 6 CAG meeting with NYC Department of Environmental Protection are available HERE. As always, you can find these notes and all past CAG meeting notes on the CAG Notes page of the website. Links to NYC DEP presentations are included in the notes; you can also find the presentations on the Resources page of the website.

NYC DEP Presentations Available

NYC Department of Environmental Protection staff attended the February 6 CAG meeting with information and updates about their role in the Newtown Creek Superfund site. Click on the links below to view each of the presentations. These will be available on the Resources page of the CAG website along with all prior meeting presentations.  Official February 6 meeting notes to follow…

NYC DEP Presentations – February 2014
City’s Role in Newtown Creek Superfund Site Study: Eileen Mahoney
NYC Green Infrastructure Program, Newtown Creek: Margot Walker
NYC CSO Flow Monitoring Project, Newtown Creek: Anthony Maracic
Restoration Ecology, Newtown Creek: John McLaughlin

See you tonight!

Don’t forget: Newtown Creek CAG meeting tonight, 6:30 PM at McCarren Play Center.