The Pilot Study performed in the Turning Basin 4 of the Gowanus Canal was successfully completed December 2018. Since then, the Remedial Design Team (the Team) has incorporated the results and lessons learned from this Pilot Study into the design documents for the remediation of the Remedial Treatment Area 1 (RTA-1) (see map). Since the completion of Turning Basin – 4, the 90% and 100% remedial design documents submitted to the USEPA in February 2020 are now being finalized for construction. We are meeting with USEPA regularly to coordinate the future construction activities with the other ongoing bulkhead installation work being performed by private property owners. This coordination requires a great deal of effort and attention to detail to sequence the movement of construction vessels in close proximity to one another. It is for this reason we ask the public to refrain from using the canal during these times for your own safety as well as the safety of the workers performing the canal work. All vessel movement should be coordinated through the U.S. Coast Guard and the USEPA. In-canal construction is expected to start in the approximate third quarter of 2020.
In the interim, the Team, including the general contractor, will prepare the Support Site property at the corner of Huntington and Smith Streets to support the in-canal work. The contractor will stockpile materials on site to be used in the canal remediation. They will also construct necessary support facilities, like the canal water treatment plant to safely clean and discharge canal waters collected during dredging.
The Gowanus Canal Superfund Project Team (GCSPT) began mobilization for in-water work on the Gowanus Canal in September 2020. The in-water work commenced on November 16, 2020. The current work involves debris and sediment removal between the head of the Canal at Butler Street to Third Street, Remediation Target Area 1 (RTA-1). The RTA-1 work is expected to be completed in approximately three years.
The remedial design for RTA1 was approved by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in July 2020. This document incorporates results and lessons learned from two phases of a Pilot Study performed in the 4th Street Turning Basin (TB4), completed in December 2018, and EPA’s Pilot Study for in-situ stabilization (ISS) in the 7th Street Turning Basin (TB7). This is a complex project that will generally consist of the following components:
Equipment, material, and personnel staging at the Support Site currently located on the corner of Smith and Huntington Street
Mechanical dredging along the entirety of RTA-1
Installation of bulkhead and bridge supports
In-situ stabilization in designated areas
Capping along the entirety of RTA-1
GCSPT continues to meet with USEPA regularly to coordinate construction activities with the other ongoing bulkhead installation work being performed by private property owners along the canal. This coordination requires a great deal of effort and attention to detail to sequence the movement of in-canal construction vessels in close proximity to one another. For the safety of workers and the public, the USEPA has required that the public refrain from using the canal during the in-water work. If needed, all vessel movement should be coordinated through the U.S. Coast Guard and the USEPA.
Currently, GCSPT, including the Contractor, is using the property at the corner of Huntington and Smith Streets for support of the in-canal work. The Contractor is utilizing the Support Site for staging of various equipment and materials required for the remedy as well as a central staging location for project personnel. Necessary support facilities, like the canal water treatment plant, required to safely process and discharge canal waters collected during dredging are also located within the Support Site.
Links to sign up for e-mail updates and more about the Gowanus Canal activities and monitoring data in the latest update. Until the links are active, below is a summary of activities and monitoring data from November 16 – 20:
Began removing debris and sediment dredging adjacent to Former 1st Street Turning Basin (TB-1) and along the western side of the canal between Carroll and Third Street.
Completed relocation of a private dock between 3rd Street and Carroll Street and removal of timber piles south of Union Street bridge.
Continued constructing the transloading area by installing fall protection measures, gangways, and timber crane mats.
Conducted dewatering and transloading sediment from small barges (mini hopper) into the larger barges.
GCSPT has collected baseline monitoring data and will continue collecting monitoring data throughout the duration of the project. Monitoring data was collected for turbidity monitoring, water quality assurance and control, community air monitoring, vibration, and noise. Data collected for each of these monitoring elements had no exceedances and were below set action limits.
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The USEPA Remedial Project Manager for the Site is Christos Tsiamis. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (212) 637-4257.
The USEPA Community Involvement Coordinator is Natalie Loney. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 637-3639.