Water Quality Sampling

Improving water quality is key to the revitalization of Newtown Creek. Through our water quality monitoring programs we track bacteria and oxygen levels at various Creek locations, while also analyzing factors like rainfall and temperature to understand where water quality varies and why.

Our 2016 Newtown Creek SAMPLES project is an intensive six month 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, and run in conjunction with the Environmental Science department at LaGuardia Community College. The project is testing for enterococcus (a sewage related bacteria), dissolved oxygen, salinity as well as nitrogen and phosphate levels at eight different locations. The project also includes community outreach so that local residents are better informed on how geographic and environmental conditions, as well as city infrastructure have an impact on water quality.