Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Storm Sewage Tank Proposed for Boerum Hill Pool & Park Site

Interesting.  For background,  storage tanks have been a vocal request from the community to prevent CSO events during storms.  What both the Brooklyn Paper and the Brownstoner post fail to note is that the pool site itself is a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site with contamination issues.  I imagine a major consideration in site selection would be whether the EPA deems an excavation of the contaminants below the pool is important to the overall cleanup effort. 

"As part of the $500 million Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, the federal government is proposing putting massive holding tanks for raw sewage beneath the Douglas Degraw Pool and the Thomas Green Playground. The basins would likely hold several million gallons of sewage runoff which now pours into the Gowanus whenever there is a heavy rainstorm."

Will certainly be discussed by Gowanus Canal CAG at their next meeting, 2/11, 6:30 to 9:00 at PS 58 Auditorium, 330 Smith St. (Enter on Carroll Street)

For those interested in the site history, here is a website that National Grid put up:

And below is an aerial view, with the former MGP site outlined in yellow. 

Typos courtesy of my iPhone

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