NYC DEP Jerome Park Reservoir Educational Component

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Jerome Park Reservoir Landmarked

The Jerome Park Reservoir adjacent to the Lehman College campus has been named a state and national historic landmark. The decision was announced June 7, 2000 by the New York State Board of Historic Preservation at its quarterly meeting.

Jerome Park Reservoir

“This is a validation of everything we have been saying,” said Anne Marie Garti, president of the Jerome Park Conservancy, which submitted the application for landmarking in the winter of 1998. “The official government bodies are giving the reservoir the recognition it deserves.”

The reservoir is the largest body of water in the Bronx. It was built by Italian stone masons at the turn of the last century. When it opened in 1906, it was a reservoir park, with handcrafted stone walls, a white pebbled path, and wrought iron fences ringing the water. During WWII, the reservoir was fenced off from the community.

The Jerome Park Conservancy has been working since 1994 to recreate a 125-acre park at the reservoir, to preserve and restore its features, and to make it an ecological resource for the 25,000 students who go to school across the street from the water.

“The designation recognizes the site’s architectural and historical significance,” said Robert Kornfeld Jr., chair of the Conservancy’s preservation committee, whose research became the basis of the historic register application. “One of the things that distinguishes the reservoir is that it’s also a park and was made to be a part of our community,” he said.

Listing on the state and national register does not provide the level of protection a city landmark would provide, but it opens up matching funds from the state and federal government for preservation and restoration efforts. “We don’t want it landmarked so it can be dipped in preservative,” Mr. Kornfeld told the Riverdale Press. “We want people to enjoy it and learn from it.”

The Conservancy seeks to open the reservoir’s outer fence to joggers and walkers, similar to the reservoir in Central Park. In addition, the Conservancy wants to make Jerome Park more accessible to students by offering classes that cover the site’s history, the water system and how the reservoir’s construction helped expand New York City’s population. Frederick Law Olmsted, the co-creator of Central Park, laid out the streets of Van Cortlandt Village, adjacent to the reservoir, and designed a park whose centerpiece was to be the reservoir. Work on the New Croton Aqueduct began in 1895. Italian stone masons began building the Jerome Park Reservoir on the site of a former horse racing track. Construction was completed in 1906.

“The reservoir is a living, breathing work of art,” said Ms. Garti. “We’re going to maintain it.” During a recent cleanup project around the reservoir, a decorative wrought iron fence dating back to the 1800s was found. Landmark designation could lead eventually to the placement of a replica of that fence around the reservoir.

Jerome Park Reservoir National Register of Historic Places Registration Form

Click here for the Jerome Park Preservation Report


The Tale of Two Annoucements: The Pedestrian Bridge

The Tale of Two Annoucements: The Pedestrian Bridge
MEDIA ALERT: VCP Annoucement
PUBLIC IS NOT INVITED – Croton Filter Project Annoucement

If you are the press you are invited to a Media Event on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2 pm on the parking Lot at Shandler Field to the announcement that various governmental entitiies will fund the Pedestrian Bridge uniting East and West in Van Cortlandt Park.

If you are the public, you are not invited, but since it is on public lands, you can attend. Well, that is at least how it sounds on the various emails that have been circulated. I know, you think I am picking on the DEP for not inviting the public to the announcement, after all, it was the DEPs project, they really wanted to do it, they had the money all along, they willingly did the cost estimate.

No wait, that’s wrong. The PUBLIC wanted the Pedestrian Bridge. Since 1999 the PUBLIC fought to get the DEP to present the Study of alternatives, and costs.

The DEP fought the project every step of the way, and even now, are only paying for PART of the project even though it was in the 1999 Mitigation package in the City Council ULURP.

Don’t forget who walked across the imaginary bridge on that rainy cold day in March 2014. IT WASN’T THE DEP ……….It was the PUBLIC.

I urge you to go if you have the free time tomorrow afternoon. These government officials work for you, not their agency. Sometimes these things are forgotten. Sometimes government officials play games.


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BCEQ’s Comments to the State about the City’s Direct Discharge Pollution Plan

Sometimes noted as MS4, it is the way the city handles direct stormwater discharges into our waterbodies. The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality comments on the 2015 amended plan, which is still not good enough. Read all about it.

2015 BCEQ Letter NYS DEC MS4 041015

Also attached is the City’s comments last year, stating that they just had too much to do and could not keep up with this program. This even though they admit it is half the runoff in the city — or 80 billion gallons of water entering our waterbodies untreated. Ugh!


Strange as it seems, the only consent order the city has been able to follow is the Croton Water Treatment Plant. This $4 billion plant was built to handle the problem of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in Croton Lake in Westchester, and because it would not meet the THMS and HAAS in the future. Here is a NYC DEP document that proves that even now, twenty years later, the Croton Drinking water passes those tests with flying colors.




Harlem River CSO locations & Land Use sewersheds in CB 8, March 30, 2015

CSO Land Use CB 8
Outline of Talk

CSO Poster Board for CB 8
CSO in the Harlem River 2015 Poster

What the NYC DEP certifies for NB

Handout for CB members
CSO in the Harlem River 2015 handout12

Citywide CSO from SPDES permit

Bronx Rain from various years

Bronx Rain Weather 2005

Bronx Rain Weather 2005


Harlem River and other places – CSO Maps and Things

New York City Maps
NYC CSOs & Interceptors

Interceptors and Key Regulators


Locations of the CSO by WTP and Lat/Long

NYC> Open Waters Maps

NYC> Open Waters> Harlem River Maps and Data
Harlem River CSO Vol and Events 2006

HRWG >GIS Reports about Stormwater Runoff:
OverviewOfSWC – Phoebe


GI in NYC Parks: Transforming Streets and Open Space for Aquatic Resource Protection

This is a truly outstanding presentation!

Transforming Streets and Open Space for Aquatic Resource Protection

Click below:

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Contour Map of the Surface Elevation at the CWTP

We wonder what is that big thing at the end of the IRT at the Woodlawn Station in Van Cortlandt Park. It seems like it is supposed to be a park, but it is more like an industrial facility — that is clearly a non-park use. The community was told that the facility was going to be under the ground, but it is not. It is at least 20 feet above the level of the sidewalk. To those who assured us that the facility was going to be underground, we invite you to come and see for yourself.

Attached is the Contour Map of the Surface Elevations at the Mosholu Site as described in the FSEIS in 2003-4
CWTP Coutour Map of Bedrock Surface Elevations


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Jerome Park Reservoir Historical Documentation

The Jerome Park Conservancy worked on both these reports in the late 1990’s.

The nomination to put Jerome Park Reservoir on the State and National Register of Historic Places was made on this National Register of Hisotric Places Jerome Park Reserovir form:

The Preservation Report has this information plus more and includes illustrations:


City’s Argument does not hold water

Background: The City constantly purports that the water travels from Jerome Park Reservoir to the tap within 30 minutes. This is nothing close to the truth. These security concerns around Jerome Park Reservoir prohibit the public from walking inside the fence. They prevent stakeholders from participating in the protection of the balancing reservoir, one that no longer supplies drinking water. Two DEP Commissioners thought this was worthy of study –see this link. Below is my disagreement with the current position of the NYC DEP.

Recently, it has been reported in the press and by New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives that water travels from Jerome Park Reservoir (JPR) to the tap in just 30 minutes. This appears to be a prime reason the public cannot have access to inside the fence on DEP property.

The City’s argument does not hold water! What was once true before the Filter Plant was built is not now. The timing of water entering the distribution system changed when the City decided to filter that water supply.

Now is the time to correct these mis-statements. Clarification can be found in this link for the 2011 Report and Recommendations of the Jerome Park Reservoir Access Working Group commissioned by Commissioner Emily Lloyd (Lloyd Report) in March 2011. The Lloyd Report describes JPR’s function after the Croton Plant is in operation : when “the Croton Filtration Plant is operating, un-treated (”raw”) water from the New Croton Reservoir will flow into JPR, ….. all water released for in-city distribution will go through the Croton Water Filtration Plant …..” (emphasis added) That is, no water will go to the NYC public via Jerome Park Reservoir. Even now, before the plant is operational, no water from Jerome Park Reservoir is currently delivered to the in-city distribution system, and none has been since 2008. (see page 3 of the report linked above)

In other words, the water in the Jerome Park Reservoir is raw water which does not go to the taps of the NYC public. This raw water will always be treated at the Plant before it goes to the tap. More than likely, this raw water will be stored at JPR to balance the pressure at the Plant – it will “serve the Croton Filter Plant as a ‘surge tank,’ protecting the Plant from unexpected pressure surges.”

Additionally, the Lloyd Report proposed a pilot program in the cover letter to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. when construction was completed. At this time, the Croton Water Treatment Plant and its off-site construction at the Jerome Park Reservoir (JPR) is coming to an end at both sites.

This is an opportunity to expeditiously implement the pilot program as proposed to the Bronx Borough President by NYCDEP Commissioner Caswell Holloway in 2011. This program could be completed by the end of next summer.

Please support the JPR public access pilot program : “it should consist of several days; it should provide for the use of the perimeter path if the path is safe for public use; it should include an educational tour of the site and its facilities; … it should include a less-structured type of “open house” where residents could have access to specific parts of the site; …. that the specific elements of the pilot program should be developed with the input and participation of the community and other interested stakeholders.”