Friends of Jerome Park Reservoir say:
Blasting at Jerome Park Reservoir?
June 16, 2008
Our precious reservoir, as well as our
peace and quiet, is in jeopardy!
In documents explaining the construction of the water filtration plant in the Mosholu Golf Course, the City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) indicated that there would also be significant construction necessary at the Jerome Park Reservoir on Goulden Avenue right in front of the Bronx High School of Science. Unfortunately, in 2004 that project was approved by the City Council anyway.
But now that the work at the reservoir is about to commence, the DEP has come up with a dangerous new wrinkle. Rather than dig their holes using a “mechanical” method, DEP documents indicate that on Thursday night they are prepared to tell our community that they will be conducting BLASTING to dig the hole instead!
Aside from the noise and dust this will cause, this will mean they will be sending 45-90 trucks through our community each week in order to remove the 9,000 cubic yards of residual dirt. Please note that these trucks will not be necessary if they stick to their already-approved drilling method.
Needless to say the disruption to our community, the affect on all the schools along education row, in particular to the Bronx High School of Science, as well as the traffic congestion this will mean for our entire region is not acceptable. The timing of this proposal raises questions. Also, to conduct this sort of change to their original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) without significant review or even issuing another study is not permitted.
Please join your neighbors at the Croton Facilities Monitoring Committee meeting that is to take place this Thursday, June 19 beginning at 7 pm at Vladeck Hall (74 Van Cortlandt Park South at Hillman Avenue) to let the DEP know that we are united and strong against this nightmare. This meeting will include other items, such as local job opportunities, and public access to the reservoir. Please come.
Save Our Reservoir,
Karen Argenti, Friends of Jerome Park Reservoir
Gary Axelbank, Neighbor
Phil McDonnell, Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association
Sonia Lappin, Scott Tower
Carolyn Smith, Tracey Towers
Al Chapman, Kingsbridge Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association
Sonja Geismar, Saxon Avenue Homeowners