Last week the DEP gave a Gowanus Canal presentation to Community Board Six (CB6). The presentation was a bit…dry (boring!). Amongst all the numbers and historic information was a clear declaration from the DEP, which said: the Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) that run into the Gowanus Canal are not really a danger to public health (paraphrased). The DEP cited numbers from the EPAs report on the Canal that, they say, shows all elements from CSOs flowing into the Canal are lower than acceptable levels. And, although the DEP planned to deal with the CSOs, they wouldn’t be doing it because of anyone was telling them to. This was an eyebrow raising moment for many of the people in the audience at the CB6 meeting and the air in the room grew thick with frustration towards the DEP. During questions after the presentation the DEP kept repeating that the chemical analysis done by that the EPA showed the CSOs are not making the Superfunded site…super toxic and thus the city is not responsible for the Canal’s dirtiness through the poo and dirty rainwater it allows to flow into it.

That was last week… this is now…

According to PardonMeForAsking, at Wednesdays Community Advisory Group’s (GAG) general meeting the group voted “to adopt a resolution that asks for a total elimination of New York City’s Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) into the waterway”. PardonMeForAsking also indicates that DEP, who was in attendance, tried to influence GAG member to vote against the resolutions adoption. *how scandalous! Check out the story here