Mayor Signs Bill To Protect Jamaica Bay
"For more than two centuries, New Yorkers dumped garbage, oil and other industrial waste into our rivers. For decades, stretches of riverfront sat largely abandoned while pollution seeped deeper into the soils and surrounding water," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he signed a City Council bill that would set up a wastewater quality committee that would monitor Jamaica Bay. "Our rivers are experiencing a renaissance, and we are improving our water quality to reclaim our waterways for public use. Our Administration is committed to addressing the quality of our surrounding waters and to reducing combined sewer overflows. Various PlaNYC initiatives are directed at this problem, including completing our longterm control plans, protecting wetlands, and piloting new stormwater techniques."
"In the coming decades, we must challenge ourselves to creatively reclaim our waterways for public use. Introductory Number 630-A complements our PlaNYC water quality goals by requiring a study that will identify prerequisites for the successful implementation of a stormwater management plan," Bloomberg said. "I would like to thank Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd, Director of Long Term Planning and Sustainability Rit Aggarwala, and all the agency staff who worked on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."