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CIBRO-Savannah NRD Restoration

Arthur Kill Staten Island, Richmond County

Download the CIBRO-Savannah NRD as a fact sheet (PDF)

Contaminants of Concern: Oil (#2 Fuel Oil)

Restoration Project

  • Accessible Canoe and Kayak hand launch on Staten Island
  • Site Includes:
    • Accessible hand launch for canoes and kayaks
    • Accessible viewing platform
    • 5-car parking area with one accessible parking space

History: The project was funded through monies obtained by the New York State Attorney General's Office in a settlement reached with Montauk Oil Transportation Corp. over the oil spill from its Cibro-Savannah barge. On March 6th, 1990 the Cibro-Savannah barge exploded and caught fire as it was leaving the dock at the Citgo Petroleum Corporation terminal in Linden, NJ. The explosion ruptured cargo tanks and spilled No. 2 fuel oil into the waters of New York (Arthur Kill) and New Jersey. Released oil eventually reached shorelines and property owned by the United States, the State of New York, State of New Jersey, and City of New York. In the end, approximately 127,000 gallons of fuel oil remained unaccounted for. The river was temporarily closed for recreational activities because of the spill. It is unknown how much oil was lost to the environment.

Restoration Efforts

The project involves the Old Place Creek Access Site on Staten Island, New York. The Old Place Creek Access Site is an 8-acre parcel purchased by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2003 with Exxon-Bayway NRD monies. The site was purchased to construct a hand-launch canoe and kayak site which provides better opportunities to access Old Place Creek for recreation. In addition, the site also provides wetland and upland buffer restoration opportunities. DEC enacted this project, opening a new accessible Canoe and Kayak launch at the Old Place Creek Access Site, providing the first public access to critical wildlife habitat in northwestern Staten Island. The completion of this project marks another milestone in the effort to increase public access to DEC Lands across the state.

ConEd Dunwoodie NRD Restoration

Bronx River Yonkers, Westchester County

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Contaminants of Concern: Dielectric Fluid (Heavy Crude)

Restoration Projects

  • Habitat Restoration in Bronx River Corridor
    • Clearing of invasive species
    • Creating erosion control
    • Maintain functioning floodplain
    • Habitat improvement
  • Preventative trash boom
    • Permanent in-stream structure to catch petrol, floating debris
  • Weekly monitoring and maintenance of river/booms
  • These projects were funded through monies obtained in a settlement reached with Con-Edison.

History: On November 4, 2009, a transformer fire occurred at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York (ConEd) Dunwoodie Substation located in Yonkers, Westchester County, NY. The fire resulted in a spill of approximately 15,000 gallons of dielectric fluid into the City of Yonkers storm water system and an undetermined volume discharged into the Bronx River. The spill impacted approximately six miles of the Bronx River, and resulted in direct injuries to vegetation and benthic biota. Despite ConEd responding quickly and placing booms to contain the spill, some oil went around the booms, affecting the riverbanks. The spill resulted in lost use of the river and resources to the citizens of New York State (NYS) during spill response.

Restoration Efforts

The Con Edison spill resulted in injury to the fish, aquatic organisms, and riparian vegetation of the Bronx River. It also created injuries to NYS and its citizens through loss of use of the river and clean-up costs of various agencies. All projects were implemented within the direct path of the spill. Three projects were selected. The first will restore habitat in the Bronx River corridor, the second project is to install a trash boom to protect downstream habitats. The funds remaining after the implementation of these two projects will be put towards a third project, improving monitoring efforts.

Liberty Industrial NRD Restoration

Farmingdale, Nassau County

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Contaminants of Concern: Heavy Metals (Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Zinc)

Restoration Projects

Massapequa Creek Fish Ladder

History: In 1978, a drinking supply well, which had operated for 24 years, was discovered to have concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A 30 acre facility on Long Island was historically used for manufacturing of aircraft and trailer parts during World War II. Waste effluent containing cadmium and chromium was released into the groundwater through on-site disposal basins. Cadmium and chromium both have toxic effects on the environment and organisms through exposure and ingestion. Massapequa Lake and Massapequa Creek are both contaminated with metals, through groundwater from the site. The site remediation includes groundwater treatment, and removal of contaminated sediments from the lake.

Restoration Efforts

As a focus on the injury to surface water and wetland habitats, the primary restoration project is a fish ladder on Massapequa Creek. Settlement funds are also being used for the maintenance and monitoring of the fish populations and the fish ladder in this waterway. The Massapequa Creek fish ladder allows fishes to bypass physical obstructions to waterways (such as dams), and allow access to upstream habitats, in this case, creating access for fishes to Massapequa Lake.

Marks Farm NRD Restoration

Black River Martinsburg, Lewis County

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Contaminants of Concern: Manure slurry (Ammonia & Anoxic Conditions)

Restoration Project

  • New, and upgraded fishing access sites
  • Project Includes:
    • A new fishing access site
    • Upgrades to seven fishing access sites
    • Conservation easements on affected waterfront
  • The project was funded through monies obtained by the NYS DEC in a settlement reached with Marks Dairy Farm, Inc. over the release of manure into the Black River.

History: Marks Dairy Farm Inc. owns and operates a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the town of Martinsburg, Lewis County, NY. A major fish kill on the Black River began August 10, 2005 as a result from a collapsed manure lagoon at the farm. Several million gallons of manure slurry were released, which caused lethal levels of ammonia and very low dissolved oxygen along 24 miles of the Black River in Lewis and Jefferson Counties. The resulting fish-kill continued for about four days as the toxic water gradually moved downstream.

Restoration Efforts

The restoration involves the improvement of seven existing fishing access sites, and the creation of an additional eight. The fishing access sites include small parking lots, wooden pedestrian bridges and fishing docks, and several picnic areas, which are maintained by local municipalities. The fishing sites are all along the Black River in Lewis County, and part of the remediation included restocking the river to expedite population recovery. The increased fishing access compensates the public for the lost fishing use of the Black River during the spill and the natural remediation of it. These upgraded spots also directly benefit the communities affected by the fish-kill that resulted from the event.

Richmond Wetlands NRD Restoration

Arthur Kill Staten Island, Richmond County

Download the Richmond Wetlands NRD fact sheet (PDF)

Contaminants of Concern: Heavy Crude (#6 Fuel Oil)

Restoration Project

  • Restoration of 'Van Name Van Pelt Park'
  • Also referred to as 'Richmond Terrace Wetlands'
  • Restoration Includes:
    • Bat boxes, to increase wildlife diversity
    • Planting Spartina alterniflora, a native wetland species
    • 1/2 Acre of wetland habitat preserved
  • The project was funded through monies obtained in a settlement reached with Chevron.

History: On February 13th 2006, approximately 31,000 gallons of No.6 crude oil leaked from a nearshore Chevron refinery located at 1200 State Street in Perth Amboy, NJ. The spill, which leaked for eight hours, spread from Perth Amboy, up the lower half of the Arthur Kill to the Fresh Kills and down to Raritan Bay. Released oil eventually reached shorelines and property owned by the United States, State of New York (NYS), State of New Jersey, and City of New York (NYC). During the clean up and recovery operations, 8,500 gallons of an oil/water mixture was recovered. Tri-state Bird Rescue was brought in to search for, rescue and rehabilitate birds. Seventeen birds were recovered after the spill; five of these birds died from the effects of oiling, as did one harbor porpoise.

Restoration Efforts

The restoration area is a small parcel of waterfront located on Staten Island's north shore, between Van Name and Van Pelt Avenues. The north shore of Staten Island is heavily industrialized, which makes even small parcels like this one particularly important to the community and to the wildlife of the Kill Van Kull. The Van Name Van Pelt property was previously acquired by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. The restoration funds were used to restore the parcel, in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and a local, non-profit, community organization, the North Shore Waterfront Conservancy.