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The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of Newtown Creek.

2017 Water Quality Booklet

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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2017 Water Quality Booklet

2017 Water Quality Booklet

In 2017, NCA, in partnership with the Environmental Science program at LaGuardia Community College, conducted 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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3 days ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

Aerial photos of algae blooms on Newtown Creek last summer. This red/brown discoloration is common in low flow areas of the Creek during sunny summer days. Microscopic analysis by the late Dr. Michael Levandowsky (microbiologist Pace University and American Museum of Natural History) confirmed this as a bloom of dinoflagellates- a phylum of marine plankton. The blooms are associated with excessive levels of dissolved oxygen, produced through photosynthesis.

These photos show tributaries near the largest combined sewer outfalls in the Creek: English Kills (1); East Branch (2); and Maspeth Creek (3)- where high levels of nutrients feed these microorganisms.

Images courtesy Robert DiMaio, Waterways of Hope.

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In 2018, NCA continued our water quality sampling by tracking issues like bacteria, oxygen and nutrient levels over a 26 week period. Together with our partners @laguardiacc we collected over 2,800 individual data points this year alone!

Our community led research and monitoring has been invaluable in better understanding and improving #newtowncreek.

Help support our on-water work with an end of year donation:
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4 weeks ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

From nursery to bulkhead to boat to dock to creek > just part of the journey for the restoration projects we work on with partners like LaGuardia college. In addition to our second Living Dock, we also piloted these mini grass rafts in 2018 to bring more salt marsh to #newtowncreek

Thankful to the students, professors and partners who help make these efforts possible.

Help support our restoration work in the coming year with a tax deductible contribution today:
newtowncreekalliance.org/donate

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