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May 18 at Chelsea Piers 
May 19 at Pier 66 Maritime 

 

The New York-New Jersey Harbor has come a long way, but there's much still to be done: clean the water, provide better access, green the port and shipping industry, and prepare for the new challenge of sea level rise.  Explore these topics at the MWA Waterfront Conference with leading activists, experts, and government officials. Please join us at the Conference! Click
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Corrections, clarifications, updates and letters to the editor
 

To the editor,

I was taken aback by an article in The New York Times dated May 7, 2012 entitled, "Once an Urban Landfill, Now a Rowing Paradise" and its description of rowing at Overpeck Lake in New Jersey, as compared to rowing in New York City.

A simple Google search would have brought the author to Row New York and she would have discovered that we are an organization that has existed for almost ten years to bring rowing to youth in New York City, with close to 2,000 young people served annually including rowers with disabilities. Row New York has been recognized by United States Rowing Association for our leadership in outreach rowing in New York City and we recently took over management of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River in Manhattan where we plan to double in size.   
 
We are committed to our mission and feel privileged to work with New Yorkers on the water so it was quite a sting to see the Times describe rowing in New York City as uncommon and dangerous. 
 
I am hopeful that the next time this author wants to write about rowing in New York City she comes and spends some time with us on the water first--any afternoon of the week she would encounter over 200 young New Yorkers in boats. I think she would see that rowing is alive and well in New York City and growing every day. 
 
Amanda Kraus 
Founder & Executive Director 
Row New York
Events
Events on the Waterfront

Click on the links for more
information about these events.
A detailed calendar of events
may be found at www.waterfrontalliance.org/calendar


May 14
Newtown Creek Public Health Assessment
7p-9p, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City

May 17
Using the GPS on the Water
6p, Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmen's Club, 283 Lexington Ave.
Climate Change Adaptation in Action
5:30p-8:30p, Liberty Hall, the Ace Hotel, 16 West 29th St.
 
May 18 - 19 
MWA 2012 Waterfront Conference
8a, Pier 60 (Chelsea Piers) and Pier 66 Maritime

May 20
Lighthouse Tour by Boat
10a, Slip 6, Battery Park

May 23
Parade of Ships (Op Sail & Fleet Week)
8a, parades tall ships and military ships begins at Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and proceeds up the Hudson
Swim Meet and Benefit: Asphalt Green's Big Swim
Asphalt Green, 91st Street/York Ave.
Tour: Gowanus Canal Conservancy
11a, Municipal Art Society

May 23-30
Fleet Week

May 24
Newtown Creek Public Meeting
7p, Polish National Home/ Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn

May 26
Sebago Canoe Club Open House
10a-4p, 1400 Paerdegat Avenue North,
Brooklyn
Opening Day of Governors Island
10-7p
Great Hudson River Swim
3:40p, Christopher Street Pier

TAKE ACTION
Is there a plan in public review that you should know about? Important meetings you might want to attend? TAKE ACTION HERE!

VOTE
for your favorite historic
waterfront site in the Partners for Preservation grant competition. Help give away $3 million!

TELL  
Albany to pass the Sewage Right-
to-Know Act. Find out more at the
NY League for Conservation Voters
.

JOIN
the South Street Seaport Museum and support the renaissance of this important cultural institution. Click
here and look for the membership box on the left.

on revisions to the City's Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The NYC Dept. of City Planning is proposing revisions to the Waterfront Revitalization Plan, which affects the long-term strategies of Vision 2020. Give your input on WRP changes by June 4, 2012. Click here for details. 
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For a map of vessels navigating the NY/NJ waterways at this moment, check marinetraffic.com.

Tide times above are for the waters off Belmar, NJ on May 14, 2012. For your waterfront's daily tides,
go to saltwatertides.com.

For information about environmental conditions (currents, water temperature, salinity, wave height, etc.) of the New York Harbor area, check the Urban Ocean Observatory at Stevens Institute's Center for Maritime Systems

TOCCONTENTS: May 14, 2012
 All Hands on Deck for the MWA Waterfront Conference
Big deal: 15 Congressional districts sending reps to one special workshop

Dignitaries gawk, tour and discuss the importance of the shipping industry

Testing the Waters
Citizen science at its best

North side of Pier 40 up for grabs

Meet Some MWA Partners!

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 conferenceTHIS FRIDAY: MWA 2012 WATERFRONT CONFERENCE
Meet People, Ask Questions, Get Inspired: See You There!
When the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance produced its first harbor-wide conference in 1999, Vision 2020: the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan was just a twinkle in Michael Bloomberg's eye. The Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Hudson-Raritan Estuary was years away from release by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  

In the past couple of years, however, important regional waterfront plans -- with the two above at the forefront -- have been released to guide the protection, restoration and wise development of our region's waterways. The MWA 2012 Waterfront Conference is about implementing these plans. What steps need to be taken to offer waterfront access to every citizen? How must the residents of the metropolitan region change their ways to restore polluted water bodies? What does the shipping industry need to expand its national role? What technologies will help us prepare for rising sea levels? And how are we going to pay for all of this? 

At the 2012 Waterfront Conference, get ready for a brilliant exchange of ideas by leading waterfront activists, power brokers, experts from the world of science and education, and officials from all levels of government. This year's conference, with lively panel discussions, presentations and workshops (plus delicious food and a couple of cruises), takes place at the banks of the Hudson River over two days, on May 18 at Pier 60 (Chelsea Piers) and May 19 at Pier 66 Maritime. Special rates for representatives of non-profits, students and seniors are available.

One highlight of the conference will be the Waterfront Project Workshop hosted by the Harbor Coalition. At presstime, 15* New York and New Jersey Congressional districts had committed to sending representatives to discuss local priority projects in each district. With large-scale maps and other materials, this workshop is intended to be an exciting, interactive visioning session, and a great opportunity for constituents to connect with their federal representatives on waterfront issues. Discussions at each table will be facilitated by a member of the Harbor Coalition.

Volunteers are needed to help make sure the conference runs smoothly. If you're interested, please contact  Stephanie Hill. MWA volunteers will be coordinating audio/visual, handling VIPs or staffing an MWA booth. Harbor Coalition volunteers will be greeting guests, distributing material and encouraging people to sign a petition calling on federal officials to support the Harbor Act. Coalition volunteers will also help guests identify their Congressional District and invite them to participate in the Waterfront Project Workshop. Breakfast and lunch are provided on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.

Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

*The NY and NJ Congressional districts sending representatives to the Waterfront Project Workshop are: NY6-Meeks, NY7-Crowley, NY8-Nadler, NY10-Towns, NY11-Clarke, NY12-Velazquez, NY13-Grimm, NY14-Maloney, NY16-Serrano, NY17-Engel, NJ6-Pallone, NJ8-Pascrell, NJ9-Rothman, NJ13-Sires
drydockHUGE MILITARY SHIP DRIES OFF AT BAYONNE DRY DOCK

69th Street Transfer Bridge Presence Calls Attention to
Strong Port Activity
Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair plays a major role in keeping the Port of New York and New Jersey the largest maritime cargo center on the East Coast.
69th Street Transfer Bridge



The recent arrival of the USNS Watson, a large, roll-on/roll-off military ship, at the Bayonne facility was cause for government officials, civic leaders, local tradesmen and community members to gather and draw attention to the economic benefits of thriving Port activity. The Port currently handles nearly 40 percent of the East Coast shipping trade and supports more than 279,000 local jobs. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the number of cargo ships in New York Harbor is expected to double by 2020.
69th Street Transfer Bridge
Five years ago, the Intrepid crossed the Hudson for
work at the Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair facility.


On May 8, Michael Cranston, president of both Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair and the GMD Shipyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, invited Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye, Bayonne mayor Mark Smith, MWA president/CEO Roland Lewis and many others to tour the Bayonne facility. Mr. Cranston talked about full-service marine and industrial fabrication and repair that was available around the clock for virtually any commercial or government vessel on the East Coast.
69th Street Transfer Bridge
 At right, Mr. Foye is flanked by Mr. Cranston in the yellow hardhat and Alex Gomez, vice president of the facility, in blue. Behind them, the hull of the Watson looms. The ship, which
carries supplies to troops overseas, is dry-docked through mid-July for repairs. The facility typically repairs three or four military ships per year, and is currently booked through October.

The Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) served as a U.S. Army Base from 1942 to the mid-1990s when it was closed. In 1996, the city of Bayonne took over ownership of the site, and in 1997, Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation assumed the lease of the dry dock. In August 2010, the Port Authority acquired 130 acres -- approximately half -- of the MOTBY site, including the dry dock.

testingTESTING THE WATERS

NYC Water Trail Association and the River Project Sponsor Maritime Citizen Science
69th Street Transfer BridgeNext week, volunteers with the Citizens Water Monitoring Program will start taking weekly water samples at boat launches around the New York-New Jersey Harbor. The samples will be tested for the presence of Enterococcus, an indicator of human waste. Sponsored by the NYC Water Trail Association (NYCWTA) and the River Project, in partnership with Riverkeeper, the project will last through mid October.

Every Thursday morning, volunteers throughout the city will put water samples into sterile containers, pack those into coolers and bring them by bicycle, subway or car to the River Project at Pier 40 (West Houston Street and the Hudson River). On Thursday afternoons, the River Project lab (right) will begin a 24-hour incubation period. Results will be read on Friday and distributed by email to anyone interested that same evening. The goal is to develop a longterm database on water quality at near-shore locations, something that boaters can use to help predict water conditions and make informed decisions about whether or not to launch.

"This came about because of the fire last summer [at the North River Sewage Treatment Plant]," said Rob Buchanan, a member of the NYCWTA's steering committee who has been organizing the water sampling project. "W
e were interested in what exactly was happening in the water -- where was this stuff going and how fast and where it was being dispersed. The DEP couldn't supply the answers." The NYC Department of Environmental Protection does test city waters, but generally in mid-channel. Boating, swimming and fishing enthusiasts needed to know about water quality closer to the shoreline.

Mr. Buchanan and his fellow activists took matters into their own hands. Using inexpensive, simple and easy-to-acquire science kits, they launched a pilot program last fall of near-shore water sampling at ten boat launches.

It was a success, so this year's program, funded by a grant from the Hudson River Improvement Fund, is expanding to at least 15 sites, including Piers 25, 40 and 66 on the Hudson River; Pier 42 on the East River; Newtown Creek, Wallabout Channel, Gowanus Canal and Paerdegat Basin; Pier 1 and Valentino Pier in Brooklyn; and South Beach in Staten Island. Mr. Buchanan is hoping volunteers will sample water at even more sites (his long wish list includes West Harlem Piers Park, Dyckman Street, Roberto Clemente State Park, Bronx Kill, Hallets Cove, Bushwick Inlet, Bay Ridge, Coney Island Creek, Stapleton and others), but he realizes that weekly sampling and delivery to Pier 40 is a major commitment. "For those unable to make the trip to Pier 40," he offers, "Riverkeeper has very kindly offered to reach out to its own pool of volunteers for help in transporting the samples."

The NYC DEP is fully supportive of this citizens' science effort, even loaning an expensive machine to the River Project to simplify the testing process.

Those interested in volunteering for Citizens Water Monitoring Program should email nycwta@gmail.com. There will be a
short training session on filling, labeling and transporting protocols at the Blue Drinks event at 6pm on May 15 at Pier 66 Maritime. "If you can't make it to either, we'll make a little video on testing techniques and post a link for that," Mr. Buchanan says.   
hrptATTENTION EXCURSION VESSEL OPERATORS: NEW RFP FROM HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST
750+ Feet of Berthing Space Available at Pier 40
The Hudson River Park Trust is seeking proposals for docking and ancillary uses along all or a portion of the north side of Pier 40 in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.  

The Trust is looking for an experienced operator(s) of commercial vessels (including sightseeing excursions, dinner and other meal service, entertainment, special events, corporate or other group uses, and fishing) to operate
  • a berth extending approximately 290 feet from the bulkhead which currently has 2 docking positions and is best suited for shallow draft vessels
  • a berth approximately 500 feet long which has a deeper draft and 3 docking positions
  • or both berths 
A site visit is encouraged and can be arranged by emailing Pier40RFP@hrpt.ny.gov. Responses are due by 5pm on June 25, 2012. For more information, go to the HRPT web site.
partnersMWA PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Expanding every week, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is more than a coalition; it's a force. We are ferry captains, shipping executives, park directors, scientists, sailors, paddlers, swimmers, teachers, urban planners, architects and more. Together, we advocate for the best possible waterfront in the best possible city, a waterfront that is clean and accessible to all, with a robust maritime workforce and efficient, affordable waterborne transportation. Join us! Contact Louis Kleinman at lkleinman@waterfrontalliance.org.

Meet some Partners of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance:
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 Global announces multi-million dollar expansion of Bayonne terminal
"To handle the largest container vessels stemming from the newly expanded Panama Canal, the terminal's channel has been deepened to a depth of 50 feet. The site will use 20 rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) to arrange containers into diagonal stacks of ten, with each container stack capable of storing 1,665 TEU, including plugs for refrigerated equipment. Global's new gate facilities will be expanded from 16 lanes to 29 lanes and will now serve both the new section and the existing 110-acre terminal..."
Port Technology, May 10, 2012

Former NYC ferry refloated at upstate NY dock
"...The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that the Herbert H. Lehman is upright again at a dock in Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York City..."
The Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2012

 When It Comes To The Gowanus, NYC Just Isn't Taking Shit Seriously
"It's been a little more than two years since the Environmental Protection Agency named Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, its highest toxic honor. But it still seems that city officials and the federal government are bickering over how to tackle clean up, especially when it comes to the city's longstanding problem of sewage overflow..."
The L Magazine, April 23, 2012

Jamaica Bay salt marsh island rebuilt
"A multi-million project to build marsh islands in Jamaica Bay is expected to restore eroding wetlands and help keep the waterway a viable ecosystem..."
NY Daily News, April 11, 2012

 Seal watchers find lots to see -- in New York City!
"...Small, puppy-like heads begin popping up out of the water..."
Daily News, April 1, 2012

Speed up review of Bayonne Bridge reconstruction plan, NY senators urge
"New York's two senators yesterday publicly called on federal officials to expedite the environmental review of the Bayonne Bridge so construction to raise its roadway deck to 215 feet can begin as soon as possible..."
SI Live, March 30, 2012

New Jersey, New York senators push for faster Bayonne Bridge construction
"Senators Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand submitted a letter for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security, asking to move forward with the environmental review required before work can start, as part of President Barack Obama's executive order to expedite infrastructure projects..."
The Jersey Journal, March 31, 2012
      

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