Recent happenings and what’s next…

Hello Newtown Creek CAG!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the winter CAG meeting to share your vision for Newtown Creek. The CAG Steering Committee is working with the discussion findings and those of you who volunteered for the Visioning Committee will soon be put to work!  In the meantime, stay tuned for announcements about a spring CAG meeting, likely sometime in May or June.
Fond Farewell…
At the CAG meeting in February, we gave a fond farewell to Phillip Musegaas, whose role as Program Director for Hudson Riverkeeper kept him closely connected to the Newtown Creek CAG. He has changed rivers and is now with Potomac Riverkeeper as Legal Director. Many thanks to Phillip for his hard work over the years — we wish him luck on the Potomac!
More Info About Sampling on the Creek…
After the last CAG meeting in fall 2014 on US EPA’s Phase II sampling plan, many people had questions. The CAG steering committee sent a letter summarizing their questions and concerns to EPA in December 2014. The letter is posted on the CAG website here. EPA responded in February 2015; that response is posted on the CAG website here. All such correspondence is housed on the website on the Resources page.

What’s YOUR vision for Newtown Creek?

See you tonight at the Newtown Creek CAG meeting in Queens! 
Tonight’s discussion is the quarterly meeting of the Newtown Creek Superfund Site Community Advisory Group (CAG). The meeting is open to the public and we encourage people to come join in discussion about future visions for the Creek. We will have breakout groups to brainstorm possible ideas of what the community might want to see as end results from the Superfund cleanup. Come share your thoughts!

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at LaGuardia Community College, Room E-500 (5th Floor).

Location Details:
Click here for map and subway directions: http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/About/Visit/
Enter the college at the E Building, Thomson Ave entrance, and take the elevator to the 5th floor. As you exit the elevator, Room E500 is down the hall on your left.

Reminder: CAG Meeting Wednesday

Reminder: Newtown Creek CAG meeting this Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at LaGuardia Community College, Room E-500 (5th Floor).

On the Agenda: Important CAG Business!

  1. Welcome
  2. Clarifying CAG membership
  3. Steering committee: re-introduce current members, nomination of new member
  4. Update on the CAG’s recent letter to EPA
  5. Discuss the CAG’s Vision for Newtown Creek

Location Details:
Click here for map and subway directions: http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/About/Visit/
Enter the college at the E Building, Thomson Ave entrance, and take the elevator to the 5th floor. As you exit the elevator, Room E500 is down the hall on your left.

CAG Meeting Next Wednesday Feb. 11

…A quick reminder that the Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group will meet next Wednesday, February 11 at LaGuardia Community College. Mark your calendars for this important meeting about the CAG’s vision for Newtown Creek. Lots of CAG business will be conducted — don’t miss it!

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at LaGuardia Community College, Room E-500 (5th Floor). More details to come.

In case you missed it… Save the Date – February 11

In case you missed it…

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

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at LaGuardia Community College, Room E-500 (5th Floor). More details to come.

Wondering what the CAG has been up to recently? Check out the January 8 update post or explore the CAG’s information resources at www.newtowncreekcag.wordpress.com.

Happy New Year! And Save the Date…

Happy New Year, Newtown Creek CAG!

What will 2015 bring? For starters, a CAG meeting in February. Please save the date: Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at LaGuardia Community College, Room E-500 (5th Floor). More details to come.

What has the CAG been up to recently? In December, the CAG steering committee sent a letter to EPA with comments and questions about the Phase II workplan. Read that letter HERE. It is filed on the Resources page of the CAG website.

As always, if you want to catch up on CAG meeting notes or check out what the steering committee has been doing, check the CAG Notes page. There are enough meeting notes to keep you busy for quite a while!

See you in February – and stay tuned for details!

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.