Nov
2nd

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

2014-11-02_0147_Contour_Map

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Nov
2nd

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:
http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/lehman/whatisnew/landmarkstatus/form.pdf

The Preservation Report has this information plus more and includes illustrations:
http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/lehman/preservationreport/tableofcontents.html

Oct
27th

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.”

JEROME PARK

Oct
27th

NYCDEP’s Jerome Park Reservoir Access Working Group

Here is the 2011 Report and Recommendations of the Jerome Park Reservoir Access Working Group commissioned by Commissioner Emily Lloyd (Lloyd Report) in March 2011. CrotonJPRPublicAccess3-23-11

Aug
19th

Putnam Trail Re-Do

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Here are some interesting documents:

The Putnam Trail Re-Do in Plain Language
Review Sheet 090714

Save the Putnam Nature Trail Nominated Best Documentary in Northeast Film Festival
SPT Press Release-8-19-2014

Save the Putnam Trail Position Paper
SPT Position Paper on the Trail 082414

Save the Putnam Letter to USDOT IG
SavethePutnam Letter to USDOT IG 081214

Community Leaders Letter to USDOT IG
US DOI Putnam Trail Bonx NY Section 4F request 073014

Putnam Trail Suggestions with Drawings
Putnam Trail Suggestions 072514

Community Leaders Letter to PDC
Spalter Argenti Letter to PDF 070414

Jul
7th

Tell the NYC DEP what you think: People Power

Here is the most up to date information. Check back later for changes. DEP often change the numbers if they get too many calls — it is too much like work! We will try to find a good working number if you send a comment below that this does not work. The most recent ALERT is first.

Call or write — make sure to give them your name and address.

July 10, 2014 ALERT

Design Commission Meeting Agenda – Monday, July 14, 2014 – Public Meeting – 1:45 p.m. (public meetings are recorded on digital video and posted online)

Consent Items: 25090: Reconstruction of Gate Houses No. 2 and 3 and restoration of Gate House No. 7, Jerome Park Reservoir, Sedgwick Avenue, Goulden Avenue and Reservoir Avenue, Bronx. (Preliminary) (CC 11, CB 8 ) DEP.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/artcom/downloads/pdf/7-14-14_public_agenda.pdf

Please send comments to: Design Commission
City Hall, Third Floor
Phone: 212-788-3071
Fax: 212-788-3086

Here is a draft letter:

Hon. Signe Nielsen
President, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
City Hall, Third Floor
New York, NY 10007

Dear President Nielsen:

On May 21 & June 18, the NYC DEP proposed work inside the Jerome Park Reservoir to the Environmental and Sanitation Committee of Bronx Community Board 8. There was no resolution at any of these meetings as many questions were raised that remain unanswered, and the CB committee is not meeting again until mid-September 2014 (with approval/disapproval possible until their October 2014 meeting). The DEP related this work to the Delaware Aqueduct Rondout-West Branch Tunnel; but JPR was not included in the Generic EIS, 2012.

On June 27, the NYC DEP made a similar presentation to the Croton Facilities Monitoring Committee. There was no resolution as many questions were raised that remain unanswered. The FMC is not meeting again until the end of September. Gatehouse work was originally part of the Croton Water Treatment Plant (FSEIS, 2003) but for some reason not fully completed.

On June 24, 2012, you approved the reservoir perimeter pathway including replanting trees removed to meet the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Berm Protection Plan; but trees are not being planted due to a DEP monetary disagreement.

Please postpone this item until questions are answered by October. Please advocate that the trees promised in June 2012 be planted before the next planting season

July 7, 2014 ALERT

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs
59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
(718) 595-6600

Topics:
We want the trees replanted as promised.
We want to walk around the reservoir inside the fence.
Give us back the people’s park at the Mosholu Golf Course, you had it long enough.

Jul
7th

Jerome Park Reservoir Fight that will never end

For more than 40 years, I have been involved in the Reservoir and Pigeon Park. It started with trying to find the right agency to clean up around the reservoir. Then it was creating a running path so people would not have to run on the dirt. I also had to fight to get the inner fence put in after a bunch of youth went swimming and fell in. After that I found out that the government wanted to build a plant in the reservoir, and so I had my people organize. In the end, I never did get it cleaned, and they are just getting the jogging path, but it is only built half way around.

This is a story about the construction administration which failed to care about people but instead chose the goal of productivity, along with those who quietly acquiesced to go along for the ride. This policy left a complete breakdown of community building, activity and participation. Evidenced by the worst unemployment figures in the state — more than 12%, this policy did little to spur the promised boost to the local economy. Spending close to $4 billion on the Croton Water Treatment Plant in the northwest Bronx, and other mega projects, has made little or no impact on the local or borough economy.

In 2004, in return for building a filter plant in Van Cortland Park, the City Council signed an agreement to spend $200 million to create parks — the largest capital budget expenditure for Bronx parks, which should have been completed within five years. As soon as the vote was taken, the government immediately closed off the Mosholu Golf Course and contractors broke ground. The promised parks projects were slower to start — they had the funding, but not the personnel to assure timely management and completion.

In 1970, Jerome Park Reservoir was the original site of the filter plant. When the people found out what the government had been planning, they rose up and fought for their beloved reservoir. In 1993 they asked for permission to walk on the inside roadway near the water, which was granted. The people did this upstate and in Central Park. Since that time, the community has asked for permission to walk inside the level roadway alongside the water. Every year the agency in charge put it off.

After 1999, when it became clear that they could not build the plant in Jerome Park Reservoir, the DEP went after the Golf Course, but would not give up the reservoir. They also held up the nomination of the reservoir on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2006, they told the community they had important work to do around the reservoir but it would not take long – they were going to consolidate the work and put it across the street from Bronx HS Science. In August 2013, this work was exclaimed to be completed in a press release — but alas the sound wall is still up, construction is still ongoing, and the trailers are still on parkland.

The December 2013 Croton monitoring committee explained that access to inside the fence would not be allowed until 2021 after they — complete the filter plant around 2015, complete reservoir capital projects around 2016, and then use it to prepare for the closing of and switch to a new valve for the Delaware Aqueduct. The area that they are using for construction is on parkland that they have been in control of since 1985.

Mosholu Golf Course has been off limits since December 2004. The federal agreement to build the Croton plant was signed in 2005 and it stated that if the plant were not completed by October 2011 the agency would be fined. These delays have cost the public money, removed 43 acres from public use for almost ten years, including the Mosholu Golf clubhouse, putting range and part of the course, itself.

New Parks for the 21st Century was the promise made to the City Council and the media, that $200 million would be spent on Bronx Parks. The latest report from the Comptroller shows only $146 of $186 million mitigation completed after 10 years. So what was $40 million per year is now $15 to $20 million per year, which is not a big mitigation deal.

Jerome Park Reservoir Jogging Path is one of the delayed parks projects. This work is progressing outside of the fence on Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) land. There is also not enough money to put the jogging path around the whole 2 miles of the reservoir (including the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail part).

150 or so trees were removed but never replaced. Delays incurred at JPR Jogging path were for many reasons including the need to have trees removed due to encroachment of the berm of the reservoir – a task that could have been taken care of by the DEP over the forty years the community has asked for maintenance. Trees were cut down, but the agency will not agree to pay the cost of replacing the trees.

The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail Pedestrian Bridge was part of the original ULURP approved in 1999, along with $43 million in mitigation of Van Cortlandt Park and Mosholu Golf Course. The DEP stalled on doing the study and then when it was done, stated that they do not have enough money to do it. Everything is continuous south of the Highbridge — which is part of the Old Croton Aqueduct. The full length of the trail in Westchester is a continuous path, but not in the Bronx! Guess where: the part along the Jerome Park Reservoir.

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Jan
28th

EPA Support Research to Protect America’s Urban Watersheds with Green Infrastructure

EPA Announces Nearly $5 Million in Grants to Support Research to Protect America’s Urban Watersheds with Green Infrastructure

……………. “This partnership provides a unique opportunity to evaluate the early benefits, long-term performance, and economic success of green infrastructure practices in urban communities.” said U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Through this research, we will gain valuable knowledge that can be applied across the United States to create a safer and more sustainable water supply.”

Philadelphia is a national leader among cities around the country in using green infrastructure to address problems from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Systems that combine sewage and stormwater pipes normally feed into water treatment facilities where polluted wastewater is treated. During heavy rainstorms, the large amount of water running off pavement and roofs in cities can cause these systems to overflow. When a system overflows, the untreated wastewater flows directly into waterways.

“EPA’s support has been key as we implement Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan,” noted Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This forward thinking plan will not only result in better water quality for the City, but it will also provide a multitude of benefits for Philadelphians like cleaner air, revitalized green spaces, and even new economic opportunity. EPA’s commitment to making Green City, Clean Waters a model for the nation is confirmed by the creation of this grant program.”

Folks, this is really embarrassing for New York City, New York State and the state of New Jersey!

Read the full press release here.

or download the file here 01_21_2014_ EPA Announces Nearly $5 Million in Grants to Support Research to Protect America’s Urban Watersheds with Green Infrastructure

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/596e17d7cac720848525781f0043629e/781f854eddc34cf185257c67005c5efb!OpenDocument

Dec
23rd

FOIA: Croton Reports for September and October 2013

The following documents are the result of a FOIA request:

SEPTEMBER 2013:
Croton_Issues_and_Tasks_Report_108_9-2013_(Final)[1]

OCTOBER 2013:
Croton_Issues_and_Tasks_Report_109_10-2013_(Final)[1]

Dec
23rd

Jerome Park Reservoir Work and Access, 2013

This file will download onto your computer and open.

JPR-Work-And-Access-2013

This is a recording of the meeting discussion in December 2013. Conversation is between Facilities Monitoring Committee Chair Robert Fanuzzi, with answers from Bernard Daly and Martha Holstein at times.

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