Posts Tagged ‘Newtown Creek’

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Oil Spills on Newtown Creek, DEC Investigating

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Oil spills in Greenpoint is unfortunately old hat for the neighborhood. The industrial past and illegal dumping, the decades-long ExxonMobile “spill” of 17 million gallons. But apparently, the contamination of our waterways continues. Nine reports of oil leaks have been filled thus far for 2014, several of them on Newtown Creek near the Pulaski Bridge.… READ MORE


TBT: Greenpoint 1941

by Heather Van De Mark on

Welcome to a new series: Throwback Thursdays (TBT). I’ll be exploring Greenpoint through back issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that have been recently digitized and are available online for free thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library and View the online newspaper archives here.   All Greenpoint Pleads: ‘Give Us a Clean Creek!’ When… READ MORE


Combined Sewer Overflow: Why Our Waterways Stink

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Last week’s thunderstorms didn’t just threaten the annual fireworks show, they threatened the surrounding areas’ waterways. How, you might ask. More than half of New York City’s sewers operate using a Combined Sewer (CS) system. A CS system means that sanitary and industrial wastewater, rainwater, snowmelt and street runoff all go into the same sewers… READ MORE

Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Look But Don’t Touch: No Swimming in Newtown Creek

by Heather Van De Mark on

As summer hits and temperatures rise, we’re all looking for ways to cool off. Considering our neighborhood is along the waterfront, it’s tempting to think a quick dip in the East River or Newtown Creek couldn’t hurt. Surprise, not really, it will hurt–or at least potentially make you very sick. News is spreading over a… READ MORE

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Newtown Creek EBP Progress Meeting Announced

by Heather Van De Mark on

There will be two Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Progress Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The meetings will be at 3:30pm and 6:30pm at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21st St., Long Island City, NY 11101 in the 8th floor meeting room. A Brief Background on the Newtown Creek Environmental Benefits Project City… READ MORE


[UPDATE] Newtown Creek Dredging Postponed until March 31st

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[UPDATE] According to the latest DEP notification, dredging on Newtown Creek and Whale Creek won’t begin until April 2. Get the latest news from the DEP website. —- Original Post: According to a statement released by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the dredging of Newtown Creek has been postponed until March 31. The dredging… READ MORE


Newtown Creek Dredging Postponed until March 31st

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According to a statement released by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the dredging of Newtown Creek has been postponed until March 31. The dredging will take approximately six weeks to complete (May 9th). Dredging will initially happen in 12 hour shifts from 6am to 6pm and then run 24-hours to “minimize marine traffic.” The… READ MORE

A Home for the North Brooklyn Boathouse

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Questions have arisen (apparently from a building permit that was filed for a new structure on the Newtown Creek) about the status of the Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center.  The GWAPP and NBBC Boards were waiting for a lease agreement for the facility to be finalized before making a public announcement but in the… READ MORE

This Week in Sludge

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DREDGING DELAYED The start date for dredging has been continually slipping since the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) last reported it would start in October 2013 (in itself a delay from the originally scheduled start of June 2013). This time the problem is related to disposal of the dredge materials. DEP’s contractor had originally made… READ MORE

New Digester Gas Cleaning Plant Slated for Greenpoint Ave and other NCMC news

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On December 19, 2013, National Grid and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced plans to construct a digester gas cleaning plant on Greenpoint Ave, next to the Visitor’s Center and just behind the bus stop on Greenpoint Avenue, the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) reports.   For years, this area was promised by… READ MORE

Newtown Creek Nature Walk Expands

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The Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee reports that the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has presented to NCMC the final plans for Phase 2 and 3 of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Phase 2 will consist of a series of walkways over Whale Creek and Phase 3 will be landscaped open space built on… READ MORE


City Parks Foundation Launches Newtown Creek Website

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City Parks Foundation, the administrator of the $7 million mitigation funds of a NYS lawsuit, has launched it’s Newtown Creek Environmental Benefit Project website. Similar to the GCEF’s $19.5 million, this $7 million is reserved for “community environmental benefit projects in the areas proximate to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.” This includes areas in… READ MORE