Thursday, December 14, 2006

CMRC Winter Waterfront Luau ~~~ Tuesday, December 19th!!!


Join the CMRC in celebrating a “superfine” year in coastal conservation.
Drinks, food and some waterfront cheer.

Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, Outside Magazine, Rough Guides, Patagonia, Jurlique Soho, and many more!

The event is FREE and includes appetizers, cash bar (happy hour 6-7) and access to the DUMBO waterfront nearby. Friends and family welcome!

A suggested donation of $25 receives two (2) drink tickets and a gift bag from our sponsors (including the new “Rough Guide to Climate Change”).

CMRC WINTER WATERFRONT LUAU* Tuesday , December 19th ~~~ 6:00 – 8:00 PM * Superfine, Dumbo, Brooklyn (Map Below)
* RSVP To:

For more information please visit us at or call 646-515-9290,-73.999283&sspn=0.013796,0.021157&ie=UTF8&z=14&ll=40.70797,-73.993778&spn=0.027587,0.042315&t=h&om=1&iwloc=A

CMRC partners with for the Holidays!

The CMRC is proud to partner with for the Holidays!

Shift Your Gift is a project of Shift Media Group ( that brings sustainable living options to the mainstream. has great gifts for the holidays including organic cotton t-shirts, healthy and tasty food and even electric motorcycles!

In addition, when you make a purchase at, 5% of the purchase price goes directly to the non-profit organization of your choice!!!

Shift believes that individuals can have a positive impact on the environment through their daily decisions without sacrificing quality of life or style. Shift celebrates the new technologies and new ideas that make sustainable living a real option.

Happy Holidays from the CMRC and!

Image: Organic Cotton T-Shirt from Edun

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Conserving our Coasts & Waterfronts: Water Quality FAQs

This past Thanksgiving I went for a morning surf in the Rockaways. It was a stormy, windy, rainy day and the waves were in the double overhead range (8-12 ft), water temps in the low 50s. It was a great day to be in the ocean.

Unfortunately, waves weren't the only thing I caught that the next day an infection was pulsing through my body, most likely from the polluted waters I had swam in the day before. Every time it rains more than a half-inch our city's wastewater system discharges raw sewage mixed with stormwater directly in our harbors and bays making for a bacteria and virus-laden cocktail.

Surfers are often the first to feel the effects of these conditions, but it has to make you think "If we are getting sick every time it rains, then what is happening to the aquatic life that lives in these waters?" Do we even know what the water quality is during rain events and what are the impacts on our ecosystem?"

Below are a few links to more information on water quality in NY and NJ. Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are a significant problem that need a solution to prevent the continued dumping of pollutants into our local waters. There are some solutions that you can assist with at your home or business...things like conserving water when it rains or installing a green roof are just a sampling of the options available .

It starts with everybody from residents and businesses to government regulators and elected officials pitching in to solve this problem. The CMRC is looking forward to working with you to reduce the impacts of CSOs and improve our coasts, oceans and waterfronts in the year to come. See you in the water...JB

Rockaway Surf - Robert Skorney
Submerged CSO -

Water Quality (WQ) Links:

NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
Note: NYCDEP has NO real-time monitoring of WQ online!

NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Note: NJDEP has NO real-time monitoring of WQ online!

Surfrider NYC Water quality Testing

CARP - Contamination Assessment & Reduction Project

Southern California's Real Time WQ Monitoring

More about CSOs

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

In the News: On a Sliver of the Bronx, a Waterfront Respite

All along our estuary's waterfront, new access points are being opened to the public in an effort to regain our lost, but unbelievably rich, maritime heritage. The Bronx, lying in the far northern reaches of the NY - NJ Harbor Estuary, has often been the least accessible all of our region's waterfronts. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg made a large first step in the right direction, providing a 600 foot-long stretch of access in Riverdale. Now we must continue to push forward until the entire coastline is accessible to all...JB

Photo: Bronx Waterfront/The CMRC

By Thomas J. Lueck
Published: December 5, 2006

I'm not sure how many people know how to get here, said Lisa San Felice, an amateur photographer, speaking last Thursday afternoon to the only other visitor to the Riverdale Waterfront Promenade and Fishing Access Site, one of New York City's least likely parks.

A tiny ribbon of land, the Riverdale park in the Bronx is 20 feet wide and 600 feet long, providing benches and a place to fish or take a stroll between Metro-North train tracks and the Hudson shoreline. Getting there involves stairs or elevators, crossing the railroad tracks on an elevated walkway and finding the gate to the park.

Since it was dedicated in 2005 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Riverdale retreat has been hailed as an important step, or at least a symbolic gesture, toward providing more public access to the city's underutilized waterfront. But there has also been the awkward question of who
would actually use such a minuscule stretch of river frontage.

Read more:

Bronx Borough Presidents Waterfront Plan