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Tell NYSDEC: NYC’s Waters Remain Impaired by Sewage and Need Further Protection

​August 2018

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:
Sarah Rickard
NYS DEC - Division of Water
Bureau of Watershed Assessment and Management
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Other Creek News:


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 . . . .

DEC Announces $400,000 Enforcement Action Against Beach Haven Apartments Associates, LLC., For Illicit Discharges To CONEY ISLAND CREEK

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that as part of DEC’s ongoing efforts to improve water quality in Coney Island Creek, the agency has concluded an enforcement action against Beach Haven Apartments Associates, LLC. The $400,000 fine is DEC’s single largest penalty issued to a residential building complex for illicit sewage discharges into New York City waters. Investigations into dry weather discharges to Coney Island Creek revealed that the apartment complex was illicitly discharging sewage in August 2016.

 “At Governor Cuomo’s direction, New York State is acting aggressively to safeguard water quality across the State and making unprecedented investments to update and improve water infrastructure,” said Commissioner Seggos. “This enforcement action and penalty levied against Beach Haven Apartments Associates, LLC., will help restore Coney Island Creek and its watershed while sending a strong message to other polluters—illegally discharging sewage into New York’s waters will not be tolerated.”

 Under an Order on Consent, Beach Haven Apartments Associates, LLC., must implement a rigorous best management practices plan to prevent any further discharges from its units to Coney Island Creek. In addition, Beach Haven Apartments Associates, LLC., will pay $400,000, $350,000 of which will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the American Littoral Society to implement Environmental Benefit Projects within the Coney Island Creek watershed that address water quality, green infrastructure, the creation or improvement of open space and waterfront access, ecological and recreational programs, stormwater management, and green jobs training. The remaining $50,000 will support DEC’s marine resources protection efforts.   

DEC continues to investigate the area’s larger sewer-shed for dry weather discharges out of storm sewers or combined sewers. If additional illicit discharges are discovered, DEC will undertake corrective measures and pursue enforcement actions when necessary. 

 DEC encourages anyone with information on environmental crimes and violations call its 24-hour hotline, at 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267). An Environmental Violation Online Form also is available on DEC's website.

Single Largest Penalty against Residential Building Complex for Illicit Sewage Discharge to New York Waters

action alert: Coney Island Creek to be removed from state list of Impaired Waterways

Coney Island Creek Stakeholders Meet to Discuss DEC Fine

Coney Island Creek

coney island creek.org

Where Coney island began

Aggressive Water Quality Monitoring and Investigations Continue in Coney Island Creek Drainage Area


Department of Environmental Protection Installs New Signage Surrounding Coney Island Creek to Aid Residents in Reporting Illicit Discharges

On March 12, 2018 Community Board 13 hosted a meeting and creek site visit for stakeholders interested in the community benefits portion of the $400,000 Beach Haven penalty.