Tradd Cotter presentation, July 30th


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!


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.

Bioremediation Workshops Coming to Greenpoint


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 Summer Sessions


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:

May 24th, Tuesday
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Smiling Hogshead Ranch
25-30 Skillman Avenue
LIC, NY 11101
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Past events:
April 22nd (Earth Day!)
Newtown Creek Nature Walk