Members interested in working more in-depth on certain issues have formed the following workgroups that meet on a regular basis:

Education Workgroup

Members who are currently offering tours, classes or developing curricula that relate to Newtown Creek are collaborating here.
Nina Sander – S.W.I.M. Coalition
Michael Heimbinder – HabitatMap, NCA Board Chairman
Caitlyn Nichols – Interstate Environmental Commission
Leif Percifield – Parsons student,
Mitch Waxman – Newtown Pentacle
Sarah Durand – LaGuardia Community College
Tammy Arnstein – Teachers College

Green Infrastructure Workgroup

Practitioners in the watershed who are interested in developing pilot sites for “industrial” Green Infrastructure as well as more comprehensive watershed planning.
Gil Lopez – Verdant Cities
Eric Dalski – Highview Creations
Jeff Keiter  – Seasonscape Landscape
Anastassia Fisyak – Pratt Institute
Jason Lang – Seasonscape Landscape
Sean Martin – concerned citizen

Workforce Development

This conversation started around how NCA could generate green jobs in the future as well as help existing workforce development programs grow in the areas of Green Infrastructure and Bioremediation.
Tania Beaubrun – St. Nicks Alliance
Jaime Stein – Pratt Institute
Rob Crauderueff – S.W.I.M. Coalition
Tanya Bley – Master Composter


This group is brainstorming partnerships and pilot projects that leverage the power of plants, fungi and compost to remediate some of the trickiest toxins that pollute the watershed.
Gil Lopez- Verdant Cities
Ross Diamond – Pratt institute
Damion Lawyer – NCA
Ashley Wolf – Dirt Studio
Jan Mun – scientist and artist
Kate Yandell – student
Tanya Bley – Master Composter

FIlter Feeders

A group interested in increasing the population of filter feeding organisms native to Newtown Creek. We seek options for habitat restoration that can entice growing populations of mussels, oysters, etc.
Willis Elkins – North Brooklyn Boat Club
Sarah Durand – LaGuardia Community College
Fung Lim – North Brooklyn Boat Club
John Bradley – LIC Boathouse
Jeff Keiter  – Seasonscape Landscape

If you would like to join or start a workgroup, contact!