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 StoryMaps

Newtown Creek StoryMaps

Explore these interactive educational resources on ArcGIS StoryMaps to learn more about the Creek's ecosystem and NCA’s efforts in environmental remediation, restoration, and revitalization. We have units available on the history and geography of the Creek, regional flora and fauna, Newtown Creek's soil and water health, and the impact of climate change on NYC's coastal communities. Click "read more" to view them all.

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Hot off the press, THE CITY covers Newtown Creek as part of new Superfund Series.Check out the article and podcast at links in bio, featuring interviews with local community members, NCA staff, businesses, and numerous agency officials.

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The next #superfund CAG meeting is next week! Come join in person at the Queens Landing Boathouse and Environmental Center in LIC. EPA will provide updates on the investigation and the impending early action remediation of the East Branch Tributary. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District will be presenting on proposed changes to the navigational channels in the Creek. How deep is the Creek, and how deep should it be? Come explore some fun diagrams and discuss next week!U.S. EPA New York State Environmental Conservation NYC Water

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Via our friends @evergreenexchange “Is your business located within or near the above-pictured boundary of the Meeker Avenue Plume Superfund site? If so, has your building been tested for impacts of soil vapor intrusion? If you are interested in learning more about the site, potential health hazards for those living or working in the area and the availability of free indoor air testing and mitigation system installation, please join Evergreen, the Meeker Avenue Plume Superfund Community Advisory Group (Meeker CAG) and the north Brooklyn industrial business community for a presentation on the Meeker Ave Plume Superfund by the site team from the Environmental Protection Agency. The presentation will take place virtually over Zoom and will include a site and process overview, actions taken to date and next steps. The presentation will allow time for participants to ask questions. Thursday, February 15, 2024Noon - 1PMOn Zoom”Register at link via @evergreenexchange

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NCA is excited to have two interns join us this spring: Mia and Wasfi! Learn more about them below, stay posted on updates about their NCA related projects, and make sure to say hi if you see them around the Creek!…….Wasfi is currently studying at BRAC University in Bangladesh and is here as an international exchange student at BARD College. Wasfi is an environmental enthusiast and has experience working for environmental initiatives such as international coastal cleanup (organized by Ocean Conservancy), Green Apple Day initiatives, and CrisisCrew which is a disaster preparedness and awareness project where he serves as the chief financial Officer. Wasfi has always been mindful and vocal about the pollution around him such as plastic pollution, and the importance of planting trees.“I have been part of many environmental initiatives from an early age and being an active part of a disaster preparedness and awareness project, doing an internship for Newtown Creek Alliance was the perfect fit for me as they were working to protect the environment of Newtown Creek. Their Horticulture work drew me in and sparked curiosity on how I can plant, nurture, and see my seedlings grow. That can be truly heartwarming and emotional, will it not be?”Mia is a senior at the Institute for Collaborative Education, who is planning on attending Smith College in the fall for Environmental Science. Already; she is an active member of Bronx SWAB (Solid Waste Advisory Board), NYC Public Schools’ Office of Energy and Sustainability Youth Leadership Council, and Black & Brown Student Union– just to name a few. Outside of her extracurriculars she enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, gardening, discovering parks throughout NYC, and trying new foods.If you may have not guessed already, she has a deep interest in climate change mitigation strategies for urban spaces, urban planning, and environmental conservation. “I chose to intern at NCA because of how community oriented it is. The project and goals that NCA holds in reclaiming an industrialized space and promoting ecological restoration for the general health of the community and the space is inspiring.”

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Newtown Creek Chowder?? A few years ago we were contacted by a man named Mike Jacobi who’s great grandfather was an avid angler on Newtown Creek in the 1800s. He also included photos of “Uncle Abe’s snuff box” given to him by his friends, depicting Newtown Creek in 1867 at the dawn of the industrial era. In addition to scenes of hunting/fishing, the etchings also show a variety of wildlife that was present on the Creek, including blue carbs, lobsters, an oystercatcher, and a variety of terrestrial animals. In a note from his late grandmother, who passed away in 1975, she described Uncle Abe and his famous Newtown Creek clam chowder (see slide 4). 1867 also happens to be the same year that Charles Pratt established the first modern refinery on the banks of Newtown Creek (in Blissville), a major step forward in the industrialization of the western world, and unfortunate quick demise for much of the local fauna depicted on Uncle Abe’s snuff box. As for local clams, populations have rebounded in the Creek in recent decades (as shown in the recent photo here); but are exposed to high levels of sediment toxicity and extremely unsafe to eat. #throwbackthursday #superfund #clamchowder #nycwildlife #charlespratt

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Speak Out for Clean Water Standards

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently proposing changes to water quality standards in NY Harbor that will significantly limit the City’s ability to reach the Clean Water Act goals of fishable and swimmable waters. For most of the Harbor (East River, Hudson River, and parts of Jamaica Bay) the new […]

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JOIN NCA’S SECOND SUMMER UHI FELLOWSHIP COHORT!

NCA will be hosting a six week, full time, paid research fellowship for New Yorkers aged 18-25. Fellows will learn the role of scientific inquiry and longitudinal studies in community based environmental revitalization efforts, practice fieldwork and data collection, and contribute to improved knowledge of local environmental justice issues all within the context of Newtown […]

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2022 Recap!

2022 was a benchmark year for NCA: we celebrated our 20th anniversary as an organization and made huge strides by expanding our educational and volunteer programming in scope and participation, and growing our full-time staff! We are so grateful to all our volunteers, community partners, supporters, donors and friends for making everything we do possible. […]

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NCA Initial Comments on US Army Corps of Engineers HATS Feasibility Study

Newtown Creek Alliance is reviewing a report released in October by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that proposes a plan with aims to protect the NY-NJ Harbor from coastal storm risks. The 569 page report is followed by 8 appendices split into: environmental, engineering, cost engineering, economics, maps, real estate, public and agency […]

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