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.
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.
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 facebook invite
Good news for water quality and CSO education: NYCDEP has just begun a pilot program to help inform people when sewers are overflowing and the importance of limiting water use during rain events. The best part is that the pilot is running in the Newtown Creek watershed! If you are a resident living in the pilot area of East Williamsburg, near Cooper park, please check out the program and sign up for alerts. Get your neighbors to sign up as well!
If you live in the pilot area, DEP will send you a text message alert when there’s a heavy storm and another one when it’s all clear. You can opt out at any time.
NCA has provided much feedback on this pilot to date, based on our experience with our Weather in the Watershed project we began a few years ago. It is very encouraging to see NYC invest in education about CSOs and promote alternative strategies to help fix the problem. It is a long road ahead towards drastic reduction of sewage discharging into our waters, but this is a strong step in the right direction.
Join the Wait… Pilot Program by registering here online.
If you live outside the pilot area, but are interested in participating in the future, either register online or email DEP at email@example.com to be added to DEP’s Wait… list. For full information, visit nyc.gov/dep/wait
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.
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.