The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing Newtown Creek.

Newtown Creek Vision Plan

Newtown Creek Vision Plan

In 2018, NCA, Riverkeeper and Perkins+Will launched the Newtown Creek Vision plan, a 150 page report chronicling priority issues and 85 proposed projects to address Remediation, Restoration, Recreation and Resilience. The report builds upon decades of planning and visioning efforts by numerous community members and organizations; framing ideas in the wake of upcoming Superfund remediation and Clean Water improvements. Read the full plan here.

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Newtown Creek Water Quality

Newtown Creek Water Quality

NCA, in partnership with the Environmental Science program at LaGuardia Community College, conducts an extensive water quality testing program on Newtown Creek. Check out our project booklet with info about water quality issues, our findings and how you can help improve conditions.

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Facebook News

Facebook News

3 weeks ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

Today the @epagov announced that they will be nominating the Meeker Ave Plumes site to the National Priorities List (NPL). This is the first major step towards establishing a federal Superfund investigation and cleanup of the site. It would also mean that the Newtown Creek watershed would host 3/4 of NYCs federal Superfund sites. NCA has been a long time advocate for the cleanup of - and community education about - the Meeker ave plumes. We look forward to working with community partners and the lead agencies to get these toxic plumes the level of attention and cleanup that we deserve. From the press release: EPA is proposing to list this site after close consultation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (@nysdec ), which discovered a plume at the Meeker Avenue site during the investigation and remediation of an adjacent petroleum groundwater contamination location. This area of Brooklyn housed historical petroleum refining and storage operations along the banks of Newtown Creek. Chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) were found in subsurface soil and groundwater outside of the historic petroleum spill area, prompting NYSDEC to conduct several environmental investigations. ‭NYSDEC’s previous and ongoing work at this site includes investigations that found ‬contaminants of CVOCs, including tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), in the subsurface and indoor air of occupied residential and commercial structures above the groundwater contaminant plume. Indoor air contamination from vapor intrusion presents a potential health risk. NYSDEC has taken measures to mitigate exposures by installing sub-slab depressurization systems, which direct hazardous vapors in the soil to the exterior of the building. NYSDEC continues to conduct additional investigations to identify sources of contamination and continues to offer sub-slab and indoor air sampling to property owners within the boundary of the Meeker Avenue site. The State of New York supports the inclusion of the site on the Superfund NPL.‬#meekeraveplumes #environmentaljustice #plumes #greenpoint

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Productive day yesterday at our Plank Road cleanup: restoring paths down to the water; maintaining our planted pollinator meadow; clearing clogged catch basins; and, of course, removing trash from the site and shoreline (about a dozen full contractor bags total). Major thanks to everyone who pitched in!#plankroad #NewtownCreek #maspeth

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Tomorrow: Plank Road Cleanup11am to 1pmCome lend a hand in cleaning up the shore and landscaping the Mapseth Ave Plank Road site in Queens.This historic bridge crossing site is one of the few publicly accessible areas that goes straight to the waters edge. Since 2013, NCA has been working to clean it up and improve access.All supplies provided; come lend a hand. Signup at link in profile. #NewtownCreek #maspeth #plankroad

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4 weeks ago

Newtown Creek Alliance

What #newtowncreek looked like after last night’s historic downfall: trash accumulation in a few corners of the Creek (East Branch and Maspeth Creek) and the entire waterway filled with a puddle brown color. Our rain gauge @kingslandwildflowers measured close to 5” of rain before the wifi went down around 11pm. The last photo is courtesy @avironvoile - showing the brown water from the Creek mixing with cleaner #eastriver water on the ebb tide. We know #waterquality might be the last thing on the minds of those pumping out basements and throwing away damaged belongings today. So please stay safe and dry everyone.

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New Website

Thanks to Bernard Ente, Mai Armstrong, Mitch Waxman and Michael Heimbinder for helping build the new Newtown Creek Alliance website. Have a look around and let us know what you think.

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