GOWANUS CANAL STAKEHOLDER TEAM MEETING NO. 3 - AUGUST 12_ 2003

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					                          GOWANUS CANAL STAKEHOLDER TEAM
                            MEETING NO. 3 - AUGUST 12, 2003
                                   MEETING NOTES

1.   The third Gowanus Canal Stakeholder Team meeting of the Use and Standards Attainment (USA)
     Project being conducted by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was
     held on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at Mary Star of the Sea’s Community Room in Brooklyn, New
     York. See attached sign-in sheet for attendance.

2.   Stephen Whitehouse, The Saratoga Associates, opened the meeting at 7:05 PM and reviewed the
     evening’s agenda. A handout package was distributed that contained: a meeting agenda, draft meeting
     notes from the first and second meetings, an aerial photograph showing field investigation and
     sampling locations, a brochure explaining water and sewer fees, and two information sheets describing
     the US Army Corps of Engineers Gowanus Bay and Canal Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.

     S. Whitehouse reported that notes from the first team meeting had been updated to reflect a wider
     range of opinions about the canal, as had been requested at the second meeting. He asked for final
     comments on these updated notes. There were none. Therefore, all in attendance agreed that the notes
     for the first team meeting are thus finalized.

     S. Whitehouse asked for comments on the notes for the second team meeting. There were none.
     Therefore, all in attendance agreed that the notes for the second team meeting are thus finalized.

     At the second stakeholder meeting the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation (SBLDC)
     asked that the Project Team hold a daytime meeting with local business owners. S. Whitehouse
     reported that the SBLDC has been contacted with potential dates for this meeting, but that a meeting
     has not yet been scheduled.

3.   S. Whitehouse then began a discussion on waterbody/watershed problems and goals to identify
     waterbody problems and impairments, local planned and proposed beneficial use projects, existing
     waterbody uses, and waterbody use goals.

     Waterbody Problems and Impairments
     S. Whitehouse asked the stakeholder team to identify waterbody problems and impairments. He
     reviewed a preliminary list of waterbody problems and impairments that was developed by the Project
     Team based on comments made during previous stakeholder team meetings. A discussion was held
     and the following problematic water quality and riparian issues were identified by the team:

     Water Quality Issues
      - Sediment mounds                                     - Floatables
      - Pathogens / Coliforms                               - Degraded water and benthic habitat
      - Combined sewer overflows (CSOs)                     - Surface runoff, especially from adjacent
      - Odors                                                 parking lots
      - Oil slicks


     Riparian Issues


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             Gowanus Canal Stakeholder Team Meeting No. 3, Meeting Notes

    - Illegal dumping                                   - Brownfields
    - Condition of bulkheads                            - Concern that there has been private
    - Minimal public access, no pedestrian                encroachment onto public property (in
      walkways                                            turning basins, and along canal edge as
    - North of 9th Street excluded from                   bulkheads are rebuilt further into the
      waterfront zoning public access provisions          canal)


Planned and Proposed Beneficial Use Projects
The stakeholder team reviewed a preliminary list of local planned and proposed beneficial use projects
that was developed by the Project Team based on comments made during previous stakeholder team
meetings and identified during the waterbody/watershed assessment. A discussion was held and the
following projects were identified by the stakeholder team:

- Public boat tours (Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, Urban Divers)
- Gowanus Monitor Project (Urban Divers)
- New York/New Jersey Baykeeper: Oyster gardening
- Public access walkway project (Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation) with
  potential sites at: Bayside fuel oil (west side between Sackett and Union), Figliolia (east side
  between Carroll and 1st Streets), Chaves vacant lot (east side between 1st and 3rd Streets), Red Hook
  Concrete (west side between 8th and 9th Streets), Lowes (east side between 9th and 11th Streets),
  Pathmark (east side between 11th Street and Hamilton Ave.)
- USACE Gowanus Bay and Canal Ecosystem Restoration

Existing Uses and Waterbody Use Goals
A discussion was held to identify existing uses and stakeholder goals for Gowanus Canal. The
stakeholder team identified the following existing waterbody uses of the canal and use goals:

Existing Waterbody Uses
- Canoeing                                         - Private boating
- Maritime commerce                                - Fishing / crabbing (mostly south of 9th Street)

Waterbody Use Goals
- Access – desire to be able to walk along canal and get close to the water
- Boating – want to achieve and protect secondary recreation
- Clean enough that if you fall in you’ll be okay
- Clean enough to engender life, to support natural systems
- Clean enough to fish in
- Bank-side recreation
- Support waterborne transportation such as water taxis and ferries
- Maritime commerce
- Marina for recreational boating
- More attractive




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                 Gowanus Canal Stakeholder Team Meeting No. 3, Meeting Notes

      - Want water to be as clean as possible (meet primary recreation standards), but don’t see canal as
        conducive to swimming, due to lack of access, shoreline conditions (bulkheads), and conflicts with
        other desired uses.

4.    Daniel Falt, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), reviewed the USACE’s Gowanus Bay and Canal
      Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. He described how the study is being conducted jointly with
      DEP, which is the local, non-federal partner that is providing half of the funding and performing in-
      kind services via the USA Project. He reviewed the objectives and schedule of the study and described
      several ongoing work efforts including recent field investigations.

5.    William McMillin, HydroQual, reviewed current USA Project activities. He reported that the Project
      Team is nearing completion of field investigations. He reviewed an aerial map of Gowanus Canal that
      shows where sampling is taking place and pointed out that data collection is being coordinated and
      exchanged between the Project Team and the USACE. A bathymetry study of canal depths is
      completed and water quality models have been updated with the data, which has been shared with the
      USACE. Biological and toxicity investigations are being conducted and will conclude by the end of
      August. The stakeholder team pointed out that part of 4th Avenue within the watershed has been re-
      zoned to allow increased residential development, and suggested that this may increase the volume of
      sewage in the combined sewer system and could lead to more CSO events. W. McMillin responded
      that such information on future development will be reflected in the final watershed model.

      W. McMillin reported that by the next meeting DEP intends to finish data collection, finalize models,
      conduct engineering analyses, and develop a preliminary waterbody/watershed plan for Gowanus
      Canal that establishes what water use goals will be achieved and protected. He asked that those in
      attendance encourage those who were unable to attend tonight’s meeting to send feedback to DEP on
      the information developed by the stakeholder team during the meeting.

6.    It was decided that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at Mary Star of the
      Sea’s Community Room, providing that the room is available. Draft meeting notes will be distributed
      to Stakeholder Team members with a letter confirming the time and date of the next meeting.

7.    Meeting adjourned at approximately 9:05 PM.

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:
     HydroQual/The Saratoga Associates:
     1.     Distribute draft meeting notes with letter confirming time and date of next meeting.
     2.     Incorporate 4th Avenue rezoning projections into watershed model.
     Stakeholder Team Members:
     1.     Provide any additional feedback on waterbody problems and impairments, local planned and
            proposed beneficial use projects, and waterbody use goals.




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