Newtown Creek Alliance

NCA Summer Sessions

April 4th, 2016

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Please join the Newtown Creek Alliance for a series of informal get togethers this summer to discuss all the latest developments, issues, ideas and ongoing efforts to improve conditions on and around Newtown Creek. Curious about Superfund? Water Quality? History? Transportation? Community Health? Bioremediation? Creek Access? Come chat with NCA regulars and other community members interested in the revitalization of our local waterway.

Meetings are open to all and will be held monthly. Next meeting:

April 22nd (Earth Day!)
6 to 7:30 pm
Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Meet at big picnic tables on Whale Creek side.
Direction to the Nature Walk.

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NCA is excited to continue work on the Greenpoint Bioremediation Project (gBP) in 2016. Bioremediation in practice is the deliberate use of plants and microorganisms to restore a healthier soil ecology, and safely break down toxins in surface soil by exploiting the naturally occurring metabolic pathways of microbes. Working with the newly formed NYC Urban Soils Institute (USI) at Brooklyn College’s Environmental Sciences Analytical Center (ESAC), our partnered project seeks to increase public knowledge and local practice of popular established bioremediation techniques, including mycoremediation strategies and compost tea amendments. As part of our outreach and education we will run a series of hands-on workshops covering the following topics:
1. Understanding urban soils
2. Harnessing beneficial microorganisms with compost tea
3. Using fungi for mycoremediation

These three workshops will build the capacities of up to 75 local gardeners and residents (instructing 25 hands-on participants per workshop) to practice methods of compost tea application and mycoremediation, for personal use in backyards, for local street trees, or shared within community gardens. These workshops also will be videotaped, edited down into digestible parts and posted online for future viewing by gardeners and residents unable to attend in person. We will also design and publish a series of Citizen’s Guide posters corresponding to each workshop and made available via physical distribution throughout Greenpoint, as well as in online format to reach an even wider audience.

To join workshops please fill out our short application here.

This project is made possible with generous support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

NCA is excited to launch Newtown Creek SAMPLES, an intensive water quality monitoring program funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The program will be run by NCA in conjunction with the Environmental Science department at LaGuardia Community College.

Throughout the summer of 2016 we will collect regular data on a number of water quality parameters including enterococus (a sewage indicating bacteria), dissolved oxygen, salinity as well as nitrogen and phosphate levels from a number of various locations within Newtown Creek. To better understand a broad picture of local water quality we will analyze the data collected in conjunction with information pertaining to tides, rainfall, geographic location and additional factors.

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Proposed Sampling Locations.

We intend to use this analyzed information in efforts of engaging the local community to become better informed stewards of how geographic and environmental conditions, as well as human action and city infrastructure impact local water quality. Stay posted as the project gets underway in the Spring of 2016.

Dr. Porter-Morgan and Willis Elkins on CUNY-TV.

Superfund Meeting: March 22

March 2nd, 2016

Newtown Creek Skyline

(photo via NCA instagram)

Save the Date: The next Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22. The EPA will be discussing Point Sources. We will also be introducing two newly assigned CAG support consultants and voting on a new co-chair for the Steering Committee. The meetings are open to the public and provide opportunity to learn about the latest developments with the Superfund investigation and cleanup of Newtown Creek. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm
Where: LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Ave, E Building, Room E500
Click here for map and subway directions.
Enter the college at the E Building, Thomson Ave entrance, and take the elevator to the 5th floor. As you exit the elevator, Room E500 is the first room on your left.

More info on the CAG website.

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