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.”



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


Putnam Trail Re-Do


Here are some interesting documents:

Elected Officials Letter to the NYS DEC from Assemblyman Dinowitz and Senator Klein, September 2014
Putnam Trail Letter Dinowitz Klein Sept 2014

Resolution by the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality
BCEQ Putnam Trail Update and resolution September 2014

Tibbetts Wetland in Van Cortlandt Park – Wetland Classification and Map, 1987

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


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.

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

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.