“Not in our lifetime” Walter Mugdan, of the Superfund Program for the US Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2, stated in reply to a question asking when the Gowanus Canal will be swimable and fishable again.
Pardon Me For Asking has a great recap of the first ever Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) including pictures of Walter Mugdan’s presentation.
One of the big concerns raised at the meeting surrounded how the CAG, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and DEP (City Department of Environmental Protection) would work together to get rid of all these CSOs (Combined Sewer Overflow).
The day prior to the CGA meeting, the Community Board 6 Public Safety and Environmental Protection Committee (or the inscrutable CB6PSEPC) had a meeting of its own. The guest presenter was Kevin Clark, the division chief for DEP. At the meeting, he outlined how the city had a plan to reduce the 300 million gallons of raw sewage running into the Gowanus Canal each year. Their plan would reduce the CSOs by 34 percent, if the project was completed by the year 2013.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago when the tornado turned the Gowanus into Brooklyn’s port-o-potty, officials have had plans to clean the canal since before the invention of crack cocaine-when AIDS was still known as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency).
But I’m sure this time they really, really, really mean it. Or at least, hopefully they do in our lifetime.