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May 2, 2001

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600)

New York City Department of Environmental Protection Celebrates Water Week
May 5 - May 12, 2001

The quality of the water we drink and in the waterways surrounding New York City is of vital importance for all New Yorkers. That is why the City's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is joining water suppliers and wastewater treatment operators across the country in celebrating Water Week, May 5 through May 12. DEP will sponsor events and exhibits throughout the week (see attached schedule of events) to highlight the importance of the Agency's work to improve the quality of the City's drinking water, wastewater treatment, and the water quality in our rivers, Harbor and estuaries.

DEP Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E. said, "On behalf of Mayor Giuliani and all of us at DEP, I am pleased to invite the public to view the improved environment of New York Harbor as well as the advanced technology at our water pollution control plants. Our celebration provides people with opportunities to learn about the water supply system and DEP's efforts to protect it, the wastewater treatment process, and the importance of healthy waterways."

Here are some of the highlights planned for the week:

  • Celebrate Decades of Clean Water at DEP's 14 Wastewater Pollution Control Plants, May 7 - May 13. Each of New York City's water pollution control plants has helped the City achieve waterways that are cleaner today than they have been for generations. While festivities vary at each of the 14 plants, all will provide tours, displays, refreshments, and other educational and fun-filled activities.

  • Awards for Art and Poetry by New York City Schoolchildren; Tuesday, May 8, 1:30 pm
    Winners and participants in DEP's 14th annual Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest for the City's fifth and sixth graders will be honored, along with their families, teachers and administrators, at a ceremony in the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union at 1:30 pm. The winning entries of some of our youngest water consumers will be on display.

  • Awards for Art and Poetry by Westchester County Schoolchildren; Thursday, May 10, 6 pm
    Winners of and participants in DEP's and Kensico Environmental Enhancement Program's (KEEP) annual Water Conservation and Water Quality Preservation Art and Poetry Contest for sixth and seventh graders will be honored along with their families, teachers and administrators, at a 6:00 pm ceremony in the Gottesman Room of the Kessel Campus Center of Pace University.

In addition, The South Street Seaport Museum in collaboration with the New York City Municipal Archives is presenting an exhibition entitled Healing Waters: Utopian Responses to Dirt, Disease and Disorder in New York, 1980-1940. The exhibition examines the important role of water in New York City's efforts to mold a modern city through universal indoor plumbing, improved sanitation, improved health and hygiene facilities and expanded recreational facilities. Healing Waters is on display at the Museum's Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street, daily from 10am-5pm. The Museum's phone number is (212) 748-8600. Admission is free for children under 12 and $5.00 for adults.


HUNTS POINT Coster St. & Ryawa Ave., Bronx 9am - 2pm SATURDAY, MAY 5TH AND MONDAY, MAY 7TH
TALLMAN ISLAND 127 St. & East River, College Point 8am - 2pm SUNDAY, MAY 6TH
JAMAICA 150-20 134th St., Jamaica 8am - 2pm TUESDAY, MAY 8TH
ROCKAWAY 106-21 Beach Channel Dr, Rock 9am - 2pm WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH
BOWERY BAY 43-01 Berrian Blvd., Astoria 9am - 2pm WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH
PORT RICHMOND Richmond Terrace & Bodine St., S.I. 9am - 2pm THURSDAY, MAY 10TH AND FRIDAY, MAY 11TH
NEWTOWN CREEK 301 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn 9am - 2pm SATURDAY, MAY 12TH
26TH WARD 122-66 Flatland Ave., Brooklyn 9am - 2pm TUESDAY, MAY 8TH AND THURSDAY, MAY 10TH
WARDS ISLAND Wards Island, New York 10am - 2pm TUESDAY, MAY 8th
NORTH RIVER 135 Street & 12 Avenue, N.Y. 9am / 11am / 1pm TUESDAY, MAY 8TH
OAKWOOD BEACH 751 Mill Road, S.I. 9am / 11am / 1pm WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH
RED HOOK 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn 8am - 3pm TUESDAY, MAY 8TH
OWLS HEAD 6700 Shore Road, Brooklyn 9am / 12 noon MONDAY, MAY 7TH - SATURDAY, MAY 12TH
CONEY ISLAND 2591 Knapp Street, Brooklyn 9am - 2pm WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH


More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600