The Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan has been included in the draft list of priority projects of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Open Space Plan! Never before has our community had a priority project in the plan! The Open Space Plan serves as a blueprint for the state’s land conservation efforts, identifying priority open space projects for protection and guiding State Environmental Protection Fund investments.The Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan is a dynamic interconnection of seven waterfront sites, including at Park, Lincoln, Alexander and St. Annes Avenues and at East 132nd and 134th Streets, which would provide residents access to a public waterfront that, for decades, has been inaccessible. This plan would not only increase quality of life, mitigate against potential storm surge and be a source of pride to the Mott Haven-Port Morris community, it would also counteract the severe health consequences facing the South Bronx because of an oversaturation of waste transfer facilities and diesel truck intensive businesses.From now through December 17th, the public is being asked to provide comments on the plan via email at LF.OpenSpacePlan@dec.ny.gov. On Wednesday, October 22, a public hearing will also be held from 2:30-4:30 and from 7:00-9:00 at NYS DEC Region 2 Office, 47-40 21st Street, in Long Island City. After the public comment period is closed, DEC will review all comments on the proposed plan and issue a final plan of priority projects.