NYS Department of Environmental Conservation hosted a Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project Meeting on April 23, 2014. City Parks Foundation gave a presentation updating the community on the status of the environmental benefit projects. The presentation can be view here.
In 2009, City Parks Foundation (CPF) was named the administrator of $7 million in mitigation funds related to a New York State lawsuit, surrounding the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant project. These funds were dedicated to “community environmental benefit projects” in the areas proximate to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Hudson River Foundation was named administrator of additional funds as part of the same settlement.
In May 2013, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) transferred an additional $1.2 million to CPF's Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project Fund. In February 2013, DEC and CPF came to agreement which extended the MOU for 3 additional years.
City Parks Foundation engaged in an extensive community involvement process in order to determine which projects should utilize the administered funds. Over 500 community surveys were received and numerous community members participated in small group sessions to identify potential projects. Based on the results of this community involvement process 22 potential environmental benefit projects were identified. Community members then voted on which projects would best serve the community.
On the basis of this voting the New York State Department of Conservation identified nine projects eligible for funding from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment mitigation fund. These nine projects were divided into primary and secondary groups. Primary projects are designated as having the highest priority for implementation while projects in the secondary group will only be implemented in the event that additional funds remain after the primary projects are implemented. Projects in the primary group were further ranked in order of priority of implementation:
(1) Greenpoint Boathouse and Environmental Center
(2) Constructed Wetland Pilot Project
(3) Dutch Kills Basin Park Acquisitions
(4) Tree Planting and Storm Water Management
The progress reports CPF submits to DEC can be viewed here (.docx):
For more information contact NewtownCreek@CityParksFoundation.org
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