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April 24, 2006

Sewage Beach

Summer’s almost here, and things are getting excrementally worse with our water.

New York Magazine
By Eric Wolff

New York Magazine received Forest City Ratner's press release about sewage concerns and worked it into this article about how storm water causes our sewer system to overflow into our city's waterways:

But even developers seem to recognize the issue. In part to deflect the anger of neighborhood activists, the developers of the massive Atlantic Yards complex in Brooklyn promised to build underground tanks to collect up to 800,000 gallons of storm-water runoff, and to install newfangled “waterless urinals.”

Considering that there is already a problem, and that there are thousands of residential units currently under construction, the possibility of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) is of great concern to neighborhoods surrounding the Atlantic Yards footprint. We haven't seen anything that would lead Brooklynites to believe that the underground tanks would be a total mitigation of CSOs for Atlantic Yards.

These links outline the issue before Ratner announced his plans to build underground tanks:
Brooklyn Papers, Study:Yards feces to canal
Atlantic Yards Report, Another worry: how often would Atlantic Yards sewage overflow the system?

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Community Board 6 are sponsoring an informational forum on CSOs this Thursday, April 27 at the 3rd Ave. YWCA.

Posted by lumi at April 24, 2006 10:58 AM