Friday, April 17, 2015

DEC may be reneging on Ridgewood Reservoir wetland designation

From the Queens Courier:

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) appears to be moving away from possible wetland status for the Ridgewood Reservoir, according to the Community Board 5 (CB 5) Parks Committee.

For nearly five years, the board and environmentalists have pressed the DEC to declare the 55-acre site on the Brooklyn/Queens border in Glendale as a wetland. The declaration would recognize the sensitive ecology that formed in the reservoir since it was taken out of the city’s water system decades ago and grant the state authority to regulate its future use.

But CB 5 recently learned that DEC officials weren’t so sure that much of the Ridgewood Reservoir meets the criteria for wetland status.

According to Steve Fiedler, CB 5 Parks Committee chair, the DEC indicated that Basin 3, the westernmost and largest of the three reservoir chambers, did not meet the minimum qualifications for a wetland. In past years, the city planned to clear this basin and transform it into athletic fields and other active park space, but those plans were scrapped due to community opposition and financial constraints.

Basin 2, the center chamber which includes a large natural lake, did not meet acreage requirements under DEC wetland criteria, but Fielder said the agency would likely declare it a wetland due to “extraordinary community concern.”

Fielder added that DEC officials indicated they did not evaluate Basin 1, the smallest and easternmost chamber, because inspectors were unable to enter due to heavy vegetation along the basin walls.

This is an about face from previous correspondence:

Ridgewood Reservoir Response Letter by Christina Wilkinson

So de Blasio wants sports fields at the reservoir now?


Anonymous said...

Leave it be!!

Anonymous said...

Strack pond in forest park was drained for ballfields in 1966 but the city changed its mind in 1995 and allowed it to revert. Today it is a beautiful retreat for humans and wildlife. Of course, the mayor is a politician and knows non-human wildlife can't vote.

Anonymous said...

That was Forest Hills where money talks. This is Ridgewood where people can be taken advantage of.

What is so surprising about NYC breaking promises?

Maybe some Chinese developer has plans to build a luxury hotel on that site and spread some nice gree book choi around.

Anonymous said...

Erratum....bok choi.
My damn tech device chose the wrong spelling before I could outwit it.

Anonymous said...

Human gridlock os about 10 years off.