Newtown Creek Alliance
The Newtown Creek Alliance represents the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water dependent commerce along Newtown Creek. Since 2002, the Alliance has served as a catalyst and channel for effective community action and our efforts have made a positive and enduring impact on the health and quality of life of Creek-side communities.
Maps created by Newtown Creek Alliance:
The EPA's 2002 National Emissions Inventory lists 17 point source air emissions facilities within 1 mile of Newtown Creek. Collectively these facililities emit nearly 1 million pounds of air pollution annually. Two facilities, the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Facility and the SimsMetal Recycling Facility, account for over half the total.
In February 2007, The Attorney General's Office, with a newly elected Andrew Cuomo at the helm, filed a notice of intent to sue against ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Keyspan (National Grid) and Phelps Dodge (Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold) for violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by creating an imminent and substantial endangerment to health and the environment in Newtown Creek and portions of the adjacent shoreline.
A brownfield is a property whose redevelopment is complicated by potential contamination. All the properties detailed on the map are/were part of the NYSDEC Brownfields Cleanup Program (BCP) or its predecessor, the Voluntary Cleanup Program. The BCP was designed to incentivize the redevelopment of brownfields by offering tax credits and liability waivers to developers.
Creek Speak is an oral history project created by the Newtown Creek Alliance that uses HabitatMaps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek. To listen to peoples stories click on a map marker. To find out more about Creek Speak, click here and visit our website.
Creek Speak is an oral history project created by the Newtown Creek Alliance that uses HabitatMaps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek. To read about some of the places mentioned in the narratives click on a map marker. To find out more about Creek Speak, click here and visit our website.
Potential green infrastructure sites located in the Newtown Creek watershed. Help the Newtown Creek Alliance by adding potential green infrastructure sites to the map. Fore more information on the Newtown Creek Green Infrastructure Plan click here.
The NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation has identified several large plumes of chlorinated solvents (TCE & PCE) in the soils and groundwater beneath Greenpoint and East Williamsburg. These plumes are collectively referred to by DEC as the "Meeker Ave. Plume". The plumes are the result of decades of dumping and irresponsible manufacturing practices by historic and contemporary dry cleaning, dyeing, and metalworking businesses. For more information visit the Newtown Creek Alliance website. For a pdf version of the map with more detail click here.
The Newtown Creek Nature Walk provides the safest and easiest access to the Creek. When approaching the Creek from Apollo St., 58th Rd., or the English Kills Bridge use caution. Decaying bulkheads, exposed soil, and broken glass make reaching the Creek from these locations potentially treacherous.
Newtown Creek Brownfield Opportunity Area Boundary
On 10/1/09 the Newtown Creek Alliance took BushwickBK on a tour of Newtown Creek. This map marks our path and some of the many points of interest along our route.
On 5/18/09 the Newtown Creek Alliance led the Gotham Gazette on a tour of the Creek. This map marks our path and some of the many points of interest along our route.
Starting at 2:00pm on Saturday 10/1/11 the Newtown Creek Alliance will lead attendees of Green Home NYC's DIY Green Block Party on a bike tour of Newtown Creek. This map marks our planned path.
Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez. New York Assembly District 53.
The New York State Superfund Program identifies, investigates, and remediates hazardous waste sites. In most cases, the parties responsible for the pollution pay for the cleanup and carry out the required work. However, about a third of the time the State must pay the costs of cleanup using money from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act.
There are 19 waste transfer stations within a 1/4 mile of Newtown Creek. Together they handle almost 5 million tons annually or 38% of all the waste moving through waste transfer stations in New York City. To put this in perspective, the whole of Manhattan hosts only a single waste transfer station, handling approximately 270 tons of waste annually.
The banks of Newtown Creek - occupied by industry and pocked by contaminated land - are largely fenced off from the communities that surround them. These three parks, one of which is still in the planning stages, are a welcome addition to neighborhoods without adequate open space and previously lacking safe access to the Creek.
Newtown Creek Alliance is monitoring rainfall in the watershed to help understand how, when and where Combined Sewer Overflow occurs.
Newtown Creek Alliance doesn't have any shared maps.