Mayor Bloomberg Visits Gowanus Canal Team

Posted on June 21, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg at Gowanus CanalMayor Bloomberg, accompanied by New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland and Councilman James Genarro, recently toured the Gowanus Canal Pumping Station/Flushing Tunnel Complex in an effort to recognize the outstanding efforts of the NYCDEP and the entire design/construction management team supporting this important environmental project. Even though the facilities were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the project remains on schedule to be completed by the early part of 2014. Once completed, the improvements to the Pump Station and Flushing Tunnel are designed to reduce combined sewer overflows to the Canal by 35%, as well as provide for more than two hundred million gallons of oxygen rich water from Buttermilk Channel to be pumped into the Gowanus Canal each day. The objective of the overall program is to improve the water quality of the canal for recreational purposes.

Mike Bloomberg Tweet with Dennis Koehler from D&B at Gowanus CanalD&B served as design engineer for the project and also provided design services during construction. While the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel complex was undergoing reconstruction and repair, as an interim measure, D&B developed an innovative Oxygen Transfer System designed to supply supersaturated oxygen-rich water to the Canal, resulting in significant improvement in water quality. Under the direction of Dennis Koehler, the
D&B team consists of Garrett Byrnes, Roger Owens, Michele Mastrangelo and Joe Baader.

In summing up the overall importance of the project, Dennis Koehler, Senior Vice President of D&B and Project Director for the overall Gowanus Canal Pumping Station assignment commented, “… when construction of the Pumping Station and Flushing Tunnel are completed and the project fully implemented, we envision the potential for significant improvements to the water quality of the Canal over the long term.”