The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced grant awards from the Coney Island Creek Environmental Benefit Project Fund (CICF). DEC established the fund to support projects in the Coney Island Creek community from enforcement actions involving illicit sewage discharges into the Coney Island Creek watershed.
“These grants will fund several projects that will benefit the Coney Island Creek community,” said Regional Director Steve Zahn. “Investments like these will help show our continued commitment to addressing environmental challenges faced in this community.”
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will administer the grants, which were awarded to:
City Parks Foundation for their Coastal Classroom Program at Coney Island Creek - $30,000. The project will engage students and community members in lessons about coastal ecology and environmental stewardship activities at Kaiser Park, which borders Coney Island Creek.
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Urban Naturalist Initiative - $99,940. The project will teach high school students to conduct ecological research, present about biodiversity in Coney Island Creek, design an Aquarium exhibit about sources of pollution, and engage residents in cleanup and planning for public access to the Coney Island Creek.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the Expansion of the Coney Island Creek Shorekeepers - $60,000. The project will deliver education, technical training, and stewardship activities focused on recruiting environmental volunteers in the Coney Island Creek Watershed.
National Audubon Society, Inc. For the Birds! Environmental Education Program - $76,560. The project will deliver hands-on environmental education programing about native birds and their habitats to students, create a native plant garden, and conduct bird walks and environmental education for students, families and community members around Coney Island Creek.
Projects are expected to commence within six months of award notification and must be completed within 18 months.
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
The City wants to build a ferry terminal at an environmentally sensitive location on Coney Island Creek (above). Dredging the entrance of the creek will poison the surrounding community and end all educational and recreational activity at the beach and fishing pier at Kaiser Park!
On February 12 2020, the NYCEDC announced that the final location for the Coney Island Ferry had been chosen.(Site 2a, at right) The City's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) says that the required dredging to access the site will uncover hazardous and toxic materials.
Police discovered a live sheep tied to a tree in Coney Island Creek Park. The sheep was in good health but in need of a shearing. After being rescued the animal was taken to a farm sanctuary.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today the installation of new signs at stormwater (MS4) outfalls along Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn. The new signage was installed at eight locations to notify residents of the presence of an outfall and prompting them to contact 311 with an outfall ID number, should they observe discharge after a period of dry weather. This pilot is one of many efforts to continue water quality improvements in Coney Island Creek and was developed with input from the community after a series of workshops with the Coney Island Beautification Project, the SWIM Coalition, Partnerships for Parks, NY Aquarium, and meetings with . . . .
SHEEP FOUND AT CI CREEK PARK
The City changed the location of the ferry pier from a safer site at West 33rd Street to the above site that is environmentally sensitive.
A construction crew at the Kaiser Park fishing pier, July 2019. Another backroom deal? The city has apparently chosen the worst location for the Coney Island ferry. Photo by Charles Denson
NYCDEP PRESS RELEASE, MARCH 14, 2018:
Coney Island Creek
The popular Kaiser Park fishing pier and adjoining beach on Coney Island Creek are in danger of being destroyed to build a ferry terminal.This location is also a horseshoe crab spawning ground and an environmentally sensitive area. Photo by Charles Denson
The Citizens Water Quality Testing Program has recently recorded unacceptable levels of pollution at all of the test sites on Coney Island Creek. This means that there may be many more illegal sewage hookups to the creek's storm sewers. The high readings could also be related to the massive infrastructure construction going on in Coney Island. The levels fluctuate, but are still showing some of the highest readings in the entire city.
Department of Environmental Protection Installs New Signage Surrounding Coney Island Creek to Aid Residents in Reporting Illicit Discharges
Tell NYSDEC: NYC’s Waters Remain Impaired by Sewage and Need Further Protection
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposes to remove a number of NYC waterways from the state’s “List of Impaired Waters,” sometimes referred to as the “Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List.” It is important that SWIM members oppose these delistings and keep pressure on the City and State agencies to bring NYC’s waters into compliance with water quality standards.
Help protect NYC’s waters by demanding they be listed as impaired and in need of a “Total Maximum Daily Load.” Please submit comments by August 6, 2018 to:
NYS DEC - Division of Water
Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management
Albany, NY 12233
We were surprised to learn that the NYC Economic Development Corp. has issued an RFP to design and construct new bulkheads on the south side of Coney Island Creek between West 12th Street and West 23rd Street. Elected officials and Community Board 13 received no previous notification regarding the project and the August 6 informational session at the EDC's offices had passed by the time community members became aware of the RFP. The $32 million project includes "evaluation of the existing conditions, replacement of select bulkheads, raising of select bulkheads, and evaluation of alternate shoreline-raising possibilities." The project is expected to be completed by 2022.
Responses to the proposal are due on September 14, 2018.
Other Creek News:
MARCH 22, 2019
Aggressive Water Quality Monitoring and Investigations Continue in Coney Island Creek Drainage Area