Newtown Creek Alliance

NCA Public Meeting Nov 2014

Please join the Newtown Creek Alliance for a public meeting to hear the latest on a number of recent, on-going  and upcoming  projects to restore habitat, improve water quality and increase awareness about Newtown Creek. A great opportunity to learn more about the current state of the creek and share your own ideas for improving our beloved local waterway. Food and drinks will be provided; the event is open to all. See you there!

McCarren Park Community Room
776 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
7 pm to 9pm

Bike Tour, October 19th

October 13th, 2014

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Join NCA, Green Shores NYC, Recycle-A-Bicycle,  and Transportation Alternatives for a bike tour around Newtown Creek.

We will lead this leisurely paced tour which will highlight the current connections and opportunites for improved connections to the Creek and between the Creek neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn. Owning a bike is not a pre-requisite BUT knowing how to ride is! Participants needing bikes are able to borrow one for the day from Recycle A Bicycle, where they can also borrow a helmet.

Register for a spot here.

October 19th, 11am to 2pm

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On October 11th, ExxonMobil and Roux Associates opened the gates at 400 Kingsland Avenue to give a behind the scenes tour of the Greenpoint Oil Spill Remediation Project. As part of Open House NY, NCA helped to coordinate the event and provide some information to participants about the larger environmental issues surrounding Newtown Creek. Despite some chilly rain in the morning, the tours were a great success – with many local residents getting a first hand understanding of the background of the spill and how the team is safely recovering millions of gallons of petroleum underground. Participants also got a special post-tour look inside the neighboring Broadway Stages building and the set of TV show Madame Secretary. Thanks to Kevin Thompson and Roux for running this very informative tour – we look forward to offering more to the community going forward.

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Oil Sheens on the Creek

August 9th, 2014

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UPDATE September 15th: 
On September 9th, NYSDEC received an anonymous tip that has led to identifying a responsible party dumping waste oil into a land side drain that leads straight to Dutch Kills. US Coast Guard as well as an environmental services contractor deployed sorbent and containment booms to contain and remove the dumped oil and a full legal investigation is underway.

Relevant Press:

NY Daily News - September 15th
New York Times - September 12th
Queens Brownstoner – September 11th
DNA.info – August 20th

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Since the spring there has been an inordinate amount of petroleum sheens, oil spills if you will, seen on Newtown Creek – specifically the NW section of the creek running from the Pulaski Bridge to Whale Creek and up into Dutch Kills. A number of reports have been filed with the NY State Dept. of Enviornmental Conservation (DEC) who has been working tirelessly to locate the source for these occurrences. It is not clear wether all sightings are related or what the potential source is. AS DEC inspector Randy Austin put it: “We’re trying to figure out whether or not these are the ”routine” sheens we encounter from ebullition and vessel disturbance of the sediments, or if we have a point source responsible for these rainbow sheen events, which have been occurring since early Spring in Newtown Creek.”

We strongly urge people to report similar sightings of large rainbow slicks on the creek to the DEC Spill Hotline (1800-457-7362) as well as take a photograph if possible. NCA looks forward to assisting Randy and his amazingly dedicated team at DEC to identify sources and prevent future events from occurring. Much thanks to our partners at Riverkeeper, North Brooklyn Boat Club and LaGuardia Community College for reporting these spills and providing the photos below.

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