Enforcement – Eyes on the Creek
Historically, Newtown Creek has been plagued by neglect, illegal dumping and lax enforcement of environmental protection laws. Although active pollution of the Creek has been reduced over the past 20 years, there are still multiple illegal sources of pollution entering the waterway. Following the lead of our partners at Riverkeeper, the Newtown Creek Alliance works to patrol and monitor the Creek and surrounding watershed to prevent contamination. To date we have worked closely with federal, state and local agencies to remedy violations such as: dumping of petroleum products, dumping of industrial waste water, migration of contaminants from shoreline properties into the Creek, derelict vessels, lack of proper storm water permitting, debris dumping and more.