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The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing Newtown Creek.

Newtown Creek Water Quality

Newtown Creek Vision Plan

Over the past year, NCA worked closely with our partners at Riverkeeper and Perkins+Will to create the Newtown Creek Vision plan, a 150 page report chronicling priority issues and 85 proposed projects to address Remediation, Restoration, Recreation and Resilience. The report builds upon decades of planning and visioning efforts by numerous community members and organizations; framing ideas in the wake of upcoming Superfund remediation and Clean Water improvements. We look forward to continuing these planning conversations with local residents, businesses, agencies and elected officials.

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Newtown Creek Water Quality

Newtown Creek Water Quality

NCA, in partnership with the Environmental Science program at LaGuardia Community College, conducts an extensive water quality testing program on Newtown Creek. Check out our project booklet with info about water quality issues, our findings and how you can help improve conditions.

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15 hours ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

Climate week was a whirlwind in LIC- 4 days of volunteer events to create a wildflower meadow along the 48th ave median.

Much thanks to all the volunteers and local neighbors who rolled up their sleeves, our guiding and essential partners at Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, the local schools who will utilize this meadow as a learning tool, the @nyc_dot for all their effort to make this possible (and legal), and the extra generous folks from @highview_creations for sharing their time and plant wisdom. 🙌🌱

Special thanks to our funders from @nfwf @arcteryxnewyork and the NYS Pollution Prevention institute for supporting this project, including plants, materials and cleanup events.

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10 years ago today Newtown Creek was designated a federal #superfund site. Dozens of responsible parties identified; thousands of pages of reports written and re-written; millions of data points collected; hundreds of hours of community meetings; and untold millions of dollars spent to date. But where are we after a decade?

The @epagov has determined that the toxins within the Creek pose threat to human and ecological health, but have yet to set cleanup targets or outline a plan for remediation.

The agencies have identified shorelines where upland contamination seeps into the waterway- but not all have been properly addressed and ongoing seepage still continues.

We are, today, still awaiting the first formal decision from the EPA: a proposed ‘no further action’ regarding the billion gallons of untreated combined sewage that poisons the waterway every year.

And in regards to getting shovels in the ground to remove toxic sediments, we are years away from a record of decision but instead are currently awaiting EPAs review of a plan to focus on the cleanest areas of the Creek (proposed by the responsible parties no less).

While the dangers of sea level rise and storm surge on surrounding communities is now entirely apparent, there have been no significant measures put in place to protect surrounding businesses and homes when the waters next rise.

And yet during this time, more and more people now access and utilize the Creek. New businesses and facilities have been established along the waterway; local residents pitch in for street-end cleanups and planting projects; educators utilize the #newtowncreek as an educational resource for their students; and recreational use of the waterway itself has blossomed since 2010.

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If you build it...

Within an hour of setting up for the first day of planting the 48th ave median in #LIC we were visited by our first guest: a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

Sometimes the value of re-establishing native plant communities in an urban area is just this apparent.

Join us today until 1pm; Friday from 4 to 7pm; and Saturday 11 to 2pm to help build out the 48th ave meadow and create more habitat and food sources for wildlife like our new friend here. Link in bio.

#nativeplants #hummingbird #pollinators #columbineflower

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1 week ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

Thanks to everyone who came out to Saturday’s event to help prep the 48th ave median for the wildflower meadow!

The planting will begin Wednesday morning, followed by times on Friday and Saturday. Get full details and RSVP at link in bio.

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A quick dip into one of the tide pools at the Nature Walk. A thriving little ecosystem with ribbed mussels, mud snails, striped anemones and sea lettuce.

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