Water Quality Boat Trips

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Join the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a special series of on-water tours to examine and discuss current water quality trends for Newtown Creek. NCA is soon to complete an intensive 6 month water sampling program in conjunction with LaGuardia Community College. We have been collected data on water quality health for parameters like bacteria, oxygen, and nutrients – all factors that vary in different locations in Newtown Creek as well as factors like temperature and rainfall.

Following an on-land introduction and presentation on water quality issues, the group will take to the Creek with the North Brooklyn Boat Club and paddle to particular areas of interest and conduct live testing.

The event will also help inform local residents about greater water quality themes within NYC and how we can help improve the environmental conditions for ourselves and generations to follow. These events are made possible with funding provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Dates and times: 
September 18th, CANCELLED (thunderstorms)
September 25th, 11 am to 2pm, Register Here.
October 2nd,  4 to 7pm, Register Here.

Note about boating:
The tour will utilize the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s two 25 foot canoes. No paddling experience is required to join, but we must ask that participants be prepared for physical activity over the course of a few hours outside. We do not anticipate severe contact with the water and a number of safety precautions will be followed to help prevent risk. The trip will be led by highly experienced and trained canoe guides, as per NBBC policy. There are a limited amount of seats available on the canoes, so please only reserve a spot if you are committed to attending. If only interested in attending the on-land presentation please do not reserve a spot. Trips may be canceled or rescheduled depending on weather conditions.

Please email NCA program manager Willis Elkins with any questions of concerns:
welkins at newtowncreekalliance.org

September 24th: Kingsland Wildflower Festival

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The September 24th Kingsland Wildflower Festival will celebrate the opening of the first 10,000 square feet of green roof top at 520 Kingsland Ave. The public will be able to explore three roofs that have been planted with a combination of native grasses and wild flowers while enjoying panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Newtown Creek.

The event will also offer the chance for visitors to engage with partner organizations working on green infrastructure and environmental sustainability programs in North Brooklyn. There will be food, beer and music as well as activities and learning opportunities for children and families.

520 Kingsland Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
11am to 3pm

Roof tours, wildlife experts, plant experts, music, food, drink, activities for children and families. Contact Project Coordinator: Jake McIntosh @ mcintosh.jdp@gmail.com fore more details or visit: kingslandwildflowers.com

 

Tradd Cotter presentation, July 30th

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Mycoremediation and Medicinal Mushrooms with Tradd Cotter
Saturday, July 30
7 to 9pm
North Brooklyn Boat Club
51 Ash Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Mushrooms can have many positive effects on human and environmental health. Mycoremediation increases soil health by filtering contaminants, hyperaccumulating heavy metals, or breaking complex toxins down into more fundamental chemistry so that other microbes can break them down further. Learn the incredible properties of many common fungi that have been used for centuries. Find out about their effects on the human immune system as well as promising hope for developing protection and cures for deadly and pandemic diseases worldwide. Explore some of the most potent medicinal mushrooms and how you can grow them at home in your garden in this in-depth, but easy to digest lecture.

The event is free and open to all.

Tradd is the author of the best-selling guide Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (Chelsea Green). In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 250 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about anything, anywhere in the world. Mushroom Mountain is currently expanding to 42,000 square feet of laboratory and research space near Greenville, South Carolina, to accommodate commercial production, as well as mycoremediation and novel antibiotic research.  Tradd Cotter holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University, and has received numerous awards as an EPA Fellow, Clemson 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, and lives with his wife Olga, and their daughter, Heidi, in Liberty, South Carolina.

The Greenpoint Bioremediation Project is made possible with funding provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Creekside Workdays in July

Please join NCA in helping to cleanup and improve two shoreline sites this July. At both sites volunteers can assist with tasks like garbage pickup, weed removal, planting and path making. Gloves will be provided, please dress accordingly.

Sunday July 17th
North Henry Street
1 to 5pm
540 Kingsland Avenue
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
See Map Here.

Site of the NCA Living Dock, we will be working to further cleanup a small section of shoreline that is crowded by weeds and dumped debris. After completing our North Henry Street Study earlier this year NCA continues to push forward in working with agencies and multiple stakeholders for an ecologically restored area. In meantime we are pursuing small measures to help improve present conditions here. Come see the site, visit the Living Dock and lend a hand!

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Saturday July 23rd
Plank Road
12 to 4 pm
58th Road and 47th Street
Maspeth, Queens
See Map Here.

Since 2014 NCA has been working to clean up, replant and revitalize this once historic bridge crossing turned forgotten street end. We have busy but could use more hands for removing invasive weeds, replanting native pollinators and clearing more paths for people to enjoy a slice of nature within an overwhelmingly industrial urban context.