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Friday November 5, 2021
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application for a site known as 4Broadway Triangle Site A, site ID #C224333. This site is located in the Borough of Brooklyn within the County of Kings and is located at 663 to 667 Flushing Avenue and 29 to 31 Bartlett Street. Public comments about the application must be submitted by November 5, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the site and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at:

And at:

Brooklyn Public Library - Bushwick Branch
340 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


Guidance Builds on State’s Nation-Leading Actions to Protect Public Health and the Environment and Regulate Emerging Contaminants

Draft Technical and Operational Guidance Series Available for Public Review and Comment through Nov. 5, 2021

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released new water quality guidance values that will advance the State’s regulation of the emerging contaminants Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-Dioxane. DEC established the new guidance values in three draft Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) documents, which are now available for a 30-day public review and comment period. DEC is accepting comments until Nov. 5, 2021. The new guidance values support the State’s ongoing efforts to safeguard public health, prevent exposure to emerging contaminants, and ensure New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water.  

View the proposed guidance values.

Set lower than the State’s maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane, these ambient guidance values protect source waters and provide an extra margin of safety to complement the drinking water MCLs by ensuring they are not exceeded, which could result in costly treatment for the regulated community.

In July 2020, New York formally adopted among the nation’s lowest maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for drinking water for PFOA and PFOS at 10 parts per trillion, and the first national standard for 1,4-Dioxane at 1 part per billion. The MCLs were promulgated by the State’s Drinking Water Quality Council, a body of water quality experts and scientists charged with setting limits in absence of federal standards for these emerging chemicals that have been pervasive in drinking water systems nationwide. While the MCLs adopted by the DOH provide protection for finished drinking water, DEC’s proposed guidance values will provide complementary protection of ambient waters used as drinking water sources. These proposed guidance values also provide protection for aquatic life.

DEC encourages public comment on the draft guidance. Written statements may be submitted to NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins or by email to Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2021. 

The full text of the draft TOGS documents and additional information are available on the DEC website. NYSDEC can also be contacted by:

Mail -- NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins

Phone -- (518) 402-8233

E-mail at

In 2016, New York State established the Water Quality Rapid Response Team, led by DEC and DOH, to quickly investigate water contamination reports across New York and take corrective action to address these contamination issues. This Water Quality Rapid Response Team has taken unprecedented action to investigate and clean up PFAS contamination and to ensure New Yorkers have access to clean water. To support this effort, DEC works with DOH and numerous entities, including local health departments, drinking water providers and authorities, and federal, state, county, and municipal governments to protect and clean up groundwater.
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

DEC invites the public to comment about a proposal to address contamination related to the Greenpoint Ferry Site, site #C224272 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program. Public comments about the proposal will be accepted through November 5, 2021.

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn about the proposal and how to comment.

Project documents can be reviewed online at:

And at:

Greenpoint Branch, Brooklyn Public Library
107 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-4394

9:00 AM

Join us for an urban forestry workshop on tree decay and tree risk assessments. Our ISA certified arborists will speak on the types of decay to look for in trees, how decay can cause failure, and how to assess the risk of failure in trees. We will cover the relationship between defects, potential tree failure, and tree risk. Bring your samples of tree fungi and decay for discussion and identification.

This workshop includes a demonstration of risk assessment and measuring decay with arboricultural equipment in the park, and a look at the impacts of gypsy moth in the park and predictions for next year.

This program will start at the Watershed education center and then move to Long Point Park in Geneseo. It will be both inside and outside, please dress accordingly for November weather.

To register for the November 5th workshop, visit: 

Space is limited! No refunds will be given, but transfer of registration to another person is allowed.

Masks required when programming is indoors.

Workshop Cost

General public: $15

Member* rate: $10

(*Member of a ReLeaf Committee OR member of NYS Urban Forestry Council)


Payment online during registration with a credit card through Paypal is preferred, or you may mail a check or voucher after registering online.

Payments are processed by the NYS Urban Forestry Council. Issues or questions with payments? Contact

Check-in begins at 8:30 AM

Program begins at 9:00 AM and runs until 3:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

Bring samples of fungi for identification and discussion!

Program Speakers

Chris Luley, PhD. – President/Pathologist, Urban Forest Diagnostics LLC

Josh Galiley – President and Consulting arborist, J. Galiley Arbor Consulting LLC

10:00 AM
Location  Online / Virtual

With many hunting seasons underway, and the start of big game firearm season approaching, hunters need to remember to put safety first in every action when going afield. Join DEC Hunter Education Program staff, Katrina and Jill, for our annual Hunter Blaze Orange and Blaze Pink demo.

Hunting in New York is safe, and we want to keep it that way! Find more on Hunter Safety Basics >>

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