The New York City Department of Environmental Protection
DEP manages the City's water supply, providing more than 1.1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents throughout New York State through a complex network of nineteen reservoirs, three controlled lakes and 6,200 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts. DEP is also responsible for managing storm water throughout the City and treating wastewater at 14 in-City water pollution control plants. DEP carries out federal Clean Water Act rules and regulations, handles hazardous materials emergencies and toxic site remediation, oversees asbestos monitoring and removal, enforces the City's air and noise codes, bills and collects on City water and sewer accounts, and manages city-wide water conservation programs.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
DCA supports and strengthens New York City's vibrant cultural life by providing public funding for non-profit cultural organizations throughout the five boroughs. The Percent for Art program, administered by DCA, commissions artists to create permanent public artworks in municipal buildings and spaces throughout the City. New York City's Percent for Art Law requires that one percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects be spent on artwork for city facilities.
The Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee
NCMC is a committee of volunteers from the Greenpoint community of Brooklyn established in 1996 pursuant to a City Council resolution allowing the City to acquire property required for the upgrade of the Newtown Creek WPCP. NCMC members are appointed by the local City Council member, the Brooklyn Borough President and Brooklyn Community Board #1. NCMC is one of the longest standing citizen oversight committees in New York City. NCMC oversees impacts from the upgrade and tries to minimize those impacts by working with DEP to identify alternate approaches and/or mitigation measures. In addition, NCMC orks with DEP to create community amenities such as the Nature Walk.
George Trakas is an environmental sculptor with a rich vision of history and unique sense of place. His work has been shown at galleries throughout the world, including the Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museums in New York, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, the Miami Art Museum and many others. He has received numerous awards for his work, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, in 1979 and 1989, and a Merit Medal for Sculpture from the American Academy for Arts and Letters that honored Trakas as a "master-builder and poet-guide" with a "vision of landscape" that "is unique and profoundly original."
from: Award of Merit Medal for Sculpture,
by American Academy of Arts and Letters 1996
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