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Posts Tagged ‘water pollution’

Familiar face to Gowanus watchers to helm DEP

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Natural Waterfront on December 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm

While the mayor introduced the city to the new head of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection this week, Caswell F. Holloway IV has been a familiar face to those concerned about the future of the Gowanus Canal for several months. Read the rest of this entry »

Sewers at Capacity, Waste Poisons Waterways

In Dive In, Manhattan, Natural Waterfront on November 24, 2009 at 3:31 am

Many sewer systems are frequently overwhelmed, with sewage spilling into waterways and polluting them with excrement and industrial chemicals. Read the rest of this entry »

Fix the pipes, save the river

In Dive In, Natural Waterfront, Public Waterfront on November 17, 2009 at 6:02 pm

There’s the Champlain Bridge and its vital link between New York’s North Country and Vermont that was allowed to rot beyond repair. There’s the realization that some 110 bridges across the state are in as bad or perhaps worse condition, and the cost of fixing or replacing them. And all the while, there have been aging sewer systems in older communities discharging untreated sewage into the Hudson River Read the rest of this entry »

Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash

In Dive In, Natural Waterfront on November 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm

ABOARD THE ALGUITA, 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii — In this remote patch of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from any national boundary, the detritus of human life is collecting in a swirling current so large that it defies precise measurement. Read the rest of this entry »

$150 Million Price Tag Put on Gowanus Effort

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on October 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

A new $150 million project to substantially improve water quality in the Gowanus Canal and reduce its odor impacts was officially announced on Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read the rest of this entry »

CT State Soundkeeper Terry Backer: What Does he do?

In Dive In, Natural Waterfront, Region on October 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Long Island Soundkeeper Terry Backer, sporting a wild beard and white hair tucked under a seaman’s cap, peers out over Norwalk Harbor from his tiny Edgewater Place office, looking every bit the crusty New England fisherman fighting to save the sea from pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

Don't 'superfund' the Gowanus

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on September 27, 2009 at 1:11 am

WHO should clean up the Gowanus Canal? The city’s been masterminding a series of reclamation projects since 2002 — but now the federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking to designate it a Superfund site. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA: No decision yet for Gowanus

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on September 18, 2009 at 6:06 pm

The fate of the Gowanus Canal will remain in limbo, as the Environmental Protection Agency told this paper it will not be handing down a decision this week on whether to name the foul waterway a Superfund site. Read the rest of this entry »

Brooklyn businesses may face lawsuit over dumping in Gowanus Canal

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on September 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

An environmental group is gearing up to sue three businesses it charged are polluting the Gowanus Canal – and warned the city to clean up its act, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the eerie canal: Leave the cleanup of Gowanus waters to the city

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on August 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm

The blossoming neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal face becoming dead zones – but not because of anything in the waterway’s famously polluted murk. Read the rest of this entry »