December 13, expect a big crowd at City Council chambers—second floor, City Hall—for the Committee on Environmental Protection’s oversight hearing on the current condition of and future plans for the City’s wastewater infrastructure. The hearing begins at 10am and will take a look at combined sewer systems, long term control plans (LTCPs) for the City’s water bodies, stormwater infrastructure planning and policies, and other wastewater issues.
The City has worked to develop LTCPs since 2012, when the City and State signed an agreement to reduce combined sewer overflows. Eight of the 12 LTCPs have been approved, though not always with public support. Environmentalists take issue with the City’s plans to chlorinate wastewater spills in three waterways, and there are complaints about the lack of progress toward mandated green infrastructure stormwater control goals.
As our friends at the SWIM Coalition wrote, “Whether you live in one of the LTCP waterways (such as the Bronx River or Coney Island Creek), you want to see equitable modernization of city stormwater rates, you want to curb the flow into the harbor of plastic and garbage pollution, or want to push for expanded, strategic green infrastructure investments, this hearing is your chance to go on public record with the changes you want to see in your watershed.” Click here for the SWIM Coalition fact sheets on LTCPs.
On Thursday, December 14, the City Council Committee on Waterfronts will meet for an oversight hearing on the citywide waterfront inspection process, and will focus on the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s recently launched Waterfront Facilities Maintenance Management System. Council members will examine how the City uses this database of City-owned waterfront properties.
All hearings are open to the public to observe and contribute testimony. If you plan to testify, bring 20 copies of your testimony, and don’t forget your ID. Check the New York City Council calendar for time and location updates.
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