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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 to be added to DEP’s Wait… list. For full information, visit

Newtown Creek SAMPLES: Water Quality Testing Program for 2016

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.

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

Greenpoint Residents: Go Vote for Environmental Projects

The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund will be hosting two days of community preferencing for the remaining large and legacy grants bringing environmental improvements to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. NCA is proud to be an active partner on three of the projects, listed below. If you are a resident within the 11222 zip code please go out and show your support for these amazing projects. Voting info at the bottom, full info about the process is available on the GCEF website.

AirCasting Greenpoint: Citizen Science for Clean Air
Project Lead: HabitatMap, Inc.
Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, Sonoma Technology, Inc., New York University School of Medicine, and New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Project Location: Greenpoint
GCEF Grant Request: $235,388
Matching Contribution: $209,208
Major Activities: • Survey Greenpoint residents regarding their air pollution concerns. • Train participants in air quality sampling, health tracking, and data analysis. • Conduct a mapping analysis to examine potential relationships between air and health. • Perform a policy analysis to identify initiatives for improving air quality in Greenpoint. • Working with community-based organizations to review potential clean air initiatives. • Organizing a workshop during which Greenpoint air quality monitors can transfer their knowledge and findings to others.


Greenpoint Healthy Homes
Project Lead: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Healthy Homes Program, St. Nick’s Alliance, Office of NYC Council Member Stephen Levin, The City University of New York- LaGuardia Community College, the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Mount Sinai, the Mount Sinai Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, and a representative from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
GCEF Grant Request: $599,016
Matching Contribution: $256,629
Major Activities: • Deliver training programs for multilingual (Spanish, Polish, and English) community health workers to conduct baseline home environmental assessments supported by environmental pediatricians, industrial hygienists, and social workers. • Conduct baseline home environmental assessments that address indoor air quality (e.g., ventilation, water damage, presence of lead and mold). • Provide a source of professional expertise for medical professionals, public health agencies and community organizations for family referrals to environmental pediatricians, industrial hygienists, community health workers, and social workers. • Provide community-wide Healthy Homes outreach and education including distribution of Healthy Homes Toolkits, wallet cards, pamphlets, flyers, and reports. • Create a Greenpoint Healthy Homes Community Advisory Board which will include Greenpoint-based community organizations to support outreach Greenpoint-wide and to identify families in need of services. • Track project related education received by the community and evaluate impact.


Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space
Project Lead: NYC Audubon Society, Inc.
Project Partners: Newtown Creek Alliance, Alive Structures, Trout in the Classroom, and the Fortune Society
Project Location: 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint
GCEF Grant Request: $971,782
Matching Contribution: $2,571,840
Major Activities: • Design and install a 21,711 intensive bird-friendly, stormwater management green roof. • Plant the roof with biologically diverse native plant species. • Conduct multi-parameter monitoring to assess green roof biodiversity characteristics and share results with the community. • Provide educational programming for elementary and middle school educators who will participate in a Trout in the Classroom conference and learn about the site as an outdoor classroom. • Conduct educational programming including tours, lectures, workshops (e.g., Weather in the Watershed), open houses, and offer public access and eco-festival community days. • Develop and implement a sustainable maintenance plan that will include creating a stewardship and volunteer network for long-term roof maintenance. • Conduct local roof installation and maintenance green-collar job training.



Voting Info:
Thursday, November 19th
12 NOON – 2:30PM
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street

Thursday, November 19th
6:00PM – 8:30PM
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street

Saturday, November 21st
10:00AM – 3:00PM
Polish National Home “Warsaw”, 261 Driggs Avenue

Upcoming August 7th TreesCount Mapping Event with NYC Parks

TreesCount Area

Update: Join us on August 7st, 4-7pm for our first official mapping event! RSVP here after completing a quick online form that takes 5 to 10 minutes. The meeting place is Woodward Av & Suydam Av Queens 11222, just over the border from Brooklyn. This is a short walk from the Jefferson Av “L” train station.

TreesCount is the street tree census run by NYC Parks department. The census happens every 10 years and depends on New York City residents to count and catalogue the more than half a million NYC trees scattered throughout the five borrows.

Join NCA and the NYC Parks department in our effort to map and catalogue every street tree on every block in New York City! As part of this effort, NCA has adopted a portion of the Ridgewood/Bushwick area (as shown in dark green on the map above). Please RSVP on the TreesCount website

Arrive ready to count some trees! This is a free event, with wheels and tablets provided, but this is a dedicated mapping event. You will need your census gear pack and voluntreer badge that you received from your training event. You will be signing in with your user name and password, so please have that readily available.

N.B. If you have not attended a training event, don’t sweat it. We will get you trained before putting you out in the field. You may also attend an official training event hosted by another organization. You can find other events here, and you may RSVP to them once you have completed the quick online form and made an account.