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 Comments & Testimony

Policy Actions

Below is a collection of some of the many actions taken by SWIM and its partners, including letters, comments, and testimonies. Topics range from waterbody-specific long term control plans (LTCP) to citywide zoning rules. 
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                                    2019


Waterfront Alliance Legislative Memorandum of Support - Intro 1620

SWIM Coalition Public Engagement Recommendations for DEP Water Rate Study

SWIM Coalition Legislative Memorandum of Support - Intro 1618

SWIM Coalition Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

Bronx River Alliance Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

NYC H20 Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

Gowanus Canal Conservancy Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

Bronx Council on Environmental Quality (BCEQ) Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

Citizen Thomas McGlinchey Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

 

Natural Resources Defense Council Testimony for NYC Water Board Hearing on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges 

 

Hudson Riverkeeper Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges

Guardians of Flushing Bay Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board Proposed Fiscal year 2020 Water and Wastewater Charges.

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Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Comment Letter on Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning and Related Actions - Draft Scope of Work. April 23, 2019

Riverkeeper Testimony for New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations hearing on proposed Local Law Int. 0982-2018. April 17, 2019

Riverkeeper Testimony for New York City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation hearing on water quality at the Park's Department beaches. April 16, 2019

SWIM Coalition Public Comment Letter in response to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation call for comment on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Citywide CSO Long Term Control Plan. January 4, 2019.

2018

SWIM Coalition Public Comment Letter to DEC on New York City DEP’s deadline extension request for the Citywide Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. November 8, 2018

Waterfront Alliance Public Comment Letter to DEC on New York City DEP’s deadline extension request for the Citywide Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. November 29, 2018

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usace Stormbarrier comments

 

The Nature Conservancy Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study May 1, 2019

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. October 12, 2018

Municipal Art Society Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study September 26, 2018

SWIM Coalition Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study September 24, 2018

Bronx River Alliance Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study September 13, 2018

The Citizens Advisory Board, New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program Comment Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. September 12, 2018

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SWIM Coalition Comment Letter to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

Bronx River Alliance Comment Letter to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

Westchester County Comment Letter to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island Comment Letter to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 17, 2018

Citizen Linda Cohen Comment Letter Email to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

Citizen Meghan Waters Comment Letter Email to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

Citizen Tom McGlinchey Comment Letter Email to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 4, 2018

Citizen Jenny McCormack Comment Letter Email to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 2, 2018

Citizen Judith Weis Comment Letter Email to DEC for proposed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters July 31, 2018

Pace Environmental Law Clinic Comment Letter on behalf of Riverkeeper, Save the Sound, and NRDC to DEC for propsed 303 (d) delisting of impaired waters August 6, 2018

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SWIM Comment Letter to DEP for Jamaica Bay Long Term Control Plan June 4, 2018

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SWIM Testimony for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

NYS Assembly Comment Letter for DEC on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

Alliance for the Great Lakes Public Comment for DEC on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

NYC H20 Testimony for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

Bronx River Alliance Testimony for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways 

June 12, 2018

Gowanus Canal Conservancy Testimony for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

Waterfront Alliance Public Comment for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways

June 12, 2018

Save the Sound Testimony for DEC hearing on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways

June 12, 2018

Pace Environmental Law Clinic Testimony on behalf of NRDC, Riverkeeper, Save the Sound, and Waterfront Alliance to DEC on proposed changes to water quality standards for NYC waterways June 12, 2018

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Guardians of Flushing Bay Comment Letter to NYC Water Board's proposed fiscal year 2019 water and sewer rates

May 31, 2018

Gowanus Canal Conservancy Comment Letter to NYC Water Board's proposed fiscal year 2019 water and sewer rates

May 31, 2018

SWIM Comment Letter to NYC Water Board's proposed fiscal year 2019 water and sewer rates May 29,1028

SWIM Comment Letter to NYCDEP on NYC Stormwater Management Program Plan for NYC Municipal Storm

Sewer System May 15, 2018

Queens College Comment to NYCDEP on NYC Stormwater Management Program Plan for NYC Municipal Storm

Sewer System May 15,2018

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Riverkeeper Testimony to NYC City Council Committee for Environmental Protection on threats to Jamaica Bay

Intro 750 April 23, 2018

SWIM Testimony to NYC City Council Committee for Environmental Protection on threats to Jamaica Bay Intro 750

April 23, 2018

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Testimony to NYC City Council Committee for Environmental

Protection on sea level rise scenarios April 23, 2018

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SWIM Letter to NYCDEP on proposed chlorination of CSO discharges in Alley Creek, Flushing Creek & Hutchinson River

April 3, 2018

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City Council Letter to Mayor de Blasio calling for fishable swimmable waterways in NYC February 27, 2018

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SWIM Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order February 9, 2018

NYC Council Member Costa Costantinides - Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order February 9, 2018

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order 

February 9, 2018

Guardians of Flushing Bay - Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order 

February 9, 2018

Newtown Creek Alliance - Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order 

February 8, 2018

NYC H2O - Comment Letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order January 30, 2018

Waterfront Alliance - Comment letter to NYS DEC regarding Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order February 8, 2018

2017

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on the City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Newtown Creek Alliance - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental: Protection: Public hearing on the City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on the City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Guardians of Flushing Bay - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on

the City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

NYC Empire Dragon Boat Team - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on the City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Waterfront Alliance -Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on the

City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

NRDC -Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection public hearing on the

City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Riverkeeper - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection public hearing on the

City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

Save the Sound - Testimony before the NYC City Council for Environmental Protection public hearing on the

City's Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure - Current Condition and Future Plans. December 13, 2017.

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC Council Committee for Environmental Protection: DEP budget and oversight public hearing. March 23, 2017. Additional testimony from NRDC.

2016

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC Council Committee for Environmental Protection: Public hearing on new legislation granting DEP the authority to enforce rules for reducing stormwater runoff on development and retrofit sites. Additional testimony from NRDC, Riverkeeper, and Gaia Institute.

SWIM/Newtown Creek Alliance - Comment Letter to NYC DEP regarding the Newtown Creek LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter to the Army Corp of Engineers regarding the Atlantic Coast of New York, East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay: Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Report And Environmental Impact Statement 

SWIM - Comment Letter to DEP regarding the Flushing Bay CSO LTCP

SWIM - Community Letter to NYS DEC regarding Clean Water Goals and Actions for NYC’s Combined Sewer System

Queens College - Comment on the General LTCP

Guardians of Flushing Bay - Comment on the Flushing Bay LTCP

2015

Nicole Zehr - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Alley Creek  CSO LTCP

 

Save the Sound - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Alley Creek CSO LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Alley Creek CSO LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Coney Island Creek CSO LTCP

 

Queens College - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Flushing Creek CSO  LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Flushing Creek CSO LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Hutchinson River CSO  LTCP

 

SWIM -  Comment Letter for NYCDEP Westchester Creek CSO LTCP

 

Guardians of Flushing Bay - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Flushing Creek CSO LTCP

 

Empire Dragon Boat Team - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Flushing Creek CSO LTCP

 

Friends of Flushing Creek - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Flushing Creek CSO LTCP

SWIM / Riverkeeper - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Gowanus Canal CSO  LTCP

 

NYCDEP - Response to SWIM / Riverkeeper on Gowanus Canal CSO LTCP

 

Nature Conservancy - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Bronx River CSO LTCP

 

SWIM - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Bronx River CSO LTCP

Bronx River Alliance - Comment Letter for NYCDEP Bronx River CSO LTCP

 

SWIM - Public Comment Letter to NYC Water Board on FY 16 Water and Wastewater Rates

 

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

City of New York - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

Friends of Brook Park - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

NRDC / Riverkeeper / NY/NJ Baykeeper - Revised MS4 Draft Permit

 

NYC Water Trail Association (NYCWTA) - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

Phillip Jonat - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

Friends of Brook Park - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

Lewis and Gould Architects - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

Hackensack Riverkeeper / NY/ NJ Baykeeper - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

 

Riverkeeper / NRDC - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

 

SWIM - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

 

DEP - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

 

Empire Dragon Boat Team - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

 

Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking

New York City Water Trail Association - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking - Brous
 

New York City Water Trail Association - Water Quality Standards Rulemaking - Buchanan

2014

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) - Annual LTCP Meeting

 

SWIM - Flushing Creek LTCP

 

Empire Dragon Boat Team - Flushing Creek LTCP

 

SWIM - Hutchinson River and General LTCP

 

SWIM - Open Industrial Uses Study

 

CAC NY-NJ HEP - Clear Water State Revolving Fund

 

SWIM - Revised Draft MS4 Permit

 

EPA - Draft MS4 Permit

 

City of New York - Draft MS4 Permit

 

CAC NY-NJ HEP - Draft MS4 Permit

 

NRDC / Riverkeeper / NY/NJ Baykeeper - DrafT MS4 Permit

Empire Dragon Boat Team - Draft MS4 Permit

SWIM - Draft MS4 Permit

NYCSWCD - Draft MS4 Permit

 

NYS Supreme Court - DEPvDEC Alley Creek LTCP

 

Bob Alpern - MS4 Permit

2013

SWIM - Green Infrastructure Initiatives

NYSDEC - Alley Creek LTCP

NRDC - On study of materials for Permeable Surfaces

2012

SWIM - Local Law 5 Requirements: Letter to the NYC Report & Advisory Board Review Commission

2011

SWIM - 2011 Modification of CSO Consent Order

 

SWIM - Testimony before NYC DEP Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 31 of Title 15 of the Rules Governing House/Site Connections to the Sewer System

SWIM - Testimony before the NYS Senate Committee on Environmental Protection about Better Notification Procedures Where Water has been Polluted

SWIM - Testimony before NYC Council oversight hearing on “The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant Fire: Assessing Community Outreach and the Impact on Businesses and Recreation”

2010

SWIM - Preliminary Comments on NYC Green Infrastructure Plan

 

DEP - Response to SWIM about Preliminary Comments on NYC Green Infrastructure Plan

 

SWIM - Draft recommendations to Vision 2020: The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

 

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection on a set of intros (T2010-1920, Int. 0075. Int. 0398 and Int. 0399) on invasives, biodiversity, and stormwater tolerance in public plantings.

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection about Stormwater Tolerant Planting and Control of Invasive Species

SWIM - Comments to NYC Departments of Housing Preservation and Development and Parks and Recreation on the proposed “Greenthumb Gardens” rules, stating that “we know community gardens as places of experimentation and creativity, incubators of stewardship and civic engagement, and an important part of Green Infrastructure.”

SWIM - LTCP Public Participation

 

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC Water Board on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed water rates for FY 2010-2011 

 

SWIM Members - Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

EPA - Response to DEP about CWA efforts in the NY-NJ Harbor

EPA - Response to SWIM’s March 4th, 2010 Letter

2009

SWIM - NYC Waterbody Advisory Program

SWIM Members - Testimony before Committee on Environmental Protection of the Council of the City of New York on “The Implementation of PlaNYC’s Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan”


SWIM - Letter to Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, re: draft rules for implementing green roof tax abatement
 

SWIM - Testimony before NYC Department of Buildings on Draft Green Roof Tax Abatement Rules

SWIM - Testimony before the NYC City Planning Commission hearing on proposed Waterfront Text Amendment (N090239ZRY)

2008

SWIM - Green Roof Tax Abatement

Riverkeeper - Testimony before the Council of the City of New York, “Should the Ridgewood Reservoir Be Preserved as a Wetland?”

SWIM - Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the Council of the City of New York proposed revisions to zoning text concerning street trees and yards

Sustainable South Bronx - Street Trees Planting and Yard Text Amendments

Sustainable South Bronx - Proposed Zoning Text Amendments Concerning Streets and Yards

2007

SWIM - Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the City Planning Commission of NYC hearing on proposed revisions to zoning text concerning street trees and yards

NRDC - Testimony submitted on behalf of S.W.I.M. Coalition before the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection on sustainable stormwater management (Intros. 628, 629, 630)

SWIM Members - Testimony before the Council of the City of New York on “Rising Waters: What Can the DEP Do About Flooding?”

CSO CAC - Points for Consideration in Developing Fall 2007 CSO Stakeholder Meeting Agenda

CSO CAC - Response to DEP Presentations

SWIM - Comment on PlaNYC

 

SWIM - Letter to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis
 

SWIM - Letter to Honorable Michael R Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York: An Introduction to the SWIM Coalition Platform


SWIM Members - Testimony before the Council of the City of New York oversight hearing on the City’s PLANYC 2030 sustainability goal to “open 90% of our waterways for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving our natural areas” and how best to achieve it.

2006

Gaia Institute / Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) / NRDC / Reed Super (Columbia) - Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Environmental Protection about Long Term Combined Sewer Overflow Plans

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