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Free Tibbetts Brook: Coalition in Support of Daylighting

Friends of  Van Cortlandt Park
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
157 Signatures Goal: 1,000

We, the undersigned, support the efforts of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) to daylight Tibbetts Brook and create a greenway south of Van Cortlandt Park down to the Harlem River. We are thankful for all of the hard work and effort that NYC Parks has done to help make this a reality. The project would have tremendous economic, environmental, recreational and aesthetic benefits for the Bronx. Moreover, it would help connect neighborhoods that have been cut off from each other and from Van Cortlandt Park.

Currently, the water from Van Cortlandt Lake enters the Broadway sewer at a rate of 4 to 5 million gallons of water per day -- and that’s on a dry day. This water is then treated - for no reason- at the Wards Island Stormwater Treatment Plant. Then when it does rain, the combination of sewage, street runoff and the brook enters the combined sewer, bypassing the treatment plant and flowing directly into the Harlem River. This one Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), WI-056, connected to the Broadway sewer makes up more than half of the CSO water entering the Harlem River. This clean water needs to be removed from the sewer to reduce CSO occurrences on the Harlem River and help with flooding issues along Broadway and other areas of the Tibbetts Brook Watershed.

We support NYC Parks efforts to study and plan for daylighting within Van Cortlandt Park by enhancing and expanding the wetlands southwest of Van Cortlandt Lake, which will enable it to hold more water thus reducing the amount of water entering the sewer. However, this is a minor step in the right direction. In order to provide a potential route, and daylighting opportunity for Tibbetts Brook outside the Broadway sewer, NYC Parks needs to obtain the land that CSX owns between Van Cortlandt South and West 230th Street . We support any effort by the City to continue this path southward past 225th Street to a place along the Harlem River waterfront where Tibbetts Brook could flow directly into the Harlem River.

We ask that CSX be good stewards of the land. The company has not used this abandoned rail line in decades. It is less than a mile long and between 25 and 50 feet wide, has no independent development potential and is used for illegal dumping. NYC Parks has made a fair monetary offer to purchase the land and CSX should accept. Better still, the company should be encouraged to donate the land, which is what they did with their old rail line in Lower Manhattan that became the High Line. Why not donate land in the Bronx where it will have positive impact on fragile economy?

Daylighting Tibbetts Brook is a key project in the Van Cortlandt Park 2034 Master Plan. We are dedicated to helping make this dream become a reality and are actively planning for it.

Signed (as of 2/13/2017),
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Bronx Community Board 7

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality

NYC Councilman Andrew Cohen

NYS Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz

Congressman Eliot Engel

Fort Independence Neighborhood Association

NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein

Kingsbridge Business Improvement District

NYC Councilman Mark Levine

The Natural Areas Conservancy

New Yorkers for Parks

Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition

NYC H2O

Old Blue RFC

Senator Gustavo Rivera

Riverkeeper, Inc.

S.W.I.M. Coalition

Trust for Public Land

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy

Efforts of the Coalition supported by Bronx Community Board 8

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Highlights

April 12
We are happy to announce the following additional groups/elected officials have signed onto our Coalition as of 4/8/16: Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein Coalition Efforts Supported By: Bronx Community Board 8 Environmental and Sanitation Committee
April 12
Petition has reached 100 signatures!
March 16
We are now live!

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan 20, 2017
    Jan 20, 2017
    This will be a fantastic asset for Van Cortlandt Park and the neighborhoods surrounding it. Thanks to all who support this fabulous initiative!
  • Aida Rosenbaum
    Aida Rosenbaum United States, Glen Spey
    Aug 29, 2016
    Aug 29, 2016
    Stop CSO!
  • Olof Matti
    Olof Matti United States, New York
    Aug 09, 2016
    Aug 09, 2016
    Researchers at Lamont-Doherty have conducted studies on the effect of the unfiltered run-off in our NYC rivers for a long time and it's appalling. It's a disgrace that the capital of the world would accept being such a horrendous environmental example for others to follow. Anything to improve the water quality is a step in the right direction.
  • Jim O'Hara
    Jim O'Hara United States, Fort Lee
    Aug 09, 2016
    Aug 09, 2016
    Do the right thing CSX.
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    Mary Persic United States
    3 weeks ago
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    Sam Halpern United States
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    Alice Suriani United States
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    Jon and Faith Deveaux United States
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    Frank Giusto United States
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    Derek Woods United States
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    Aida Rosenbaum United States
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    Olof Matti United States
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    Jim O'Hara United States
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    Dana United States
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    Calder Orr United States
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    Kim Denizard United States
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