Given the similarities between Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal, this next installment in City Tech’s Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center’s series of free breakfast seminars may be of interest. More info and a link to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visions-for-newtown-creek-tickets-50495030997
Newtown Creek was designated as a Superfund site in 2010 as a result of pollution caused by decades of heavy waterfront industry and by its having served as a basin for the sewers of adjacent neighborhoods. For decades, community organizers and environmental activists have worked to address the Creek’s contamination crisis and mitigate the impact of damaging industrial pollution.
Join us on Friday, October 12th and hear representatives of Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance discuss their comprehensive, four-part vision plan for the remediation and restoration of the Newtown Creek. The Plan emphasizes the importance of understanding the innate complexity of an industrial urban ecosystem, from storm surge vulnerability to community health outcomes. Learn how a balanced and safe environmental ecosystem can cohabitate with industry; why waterfront accessibility is so crucial to sustainability; and what role the local community can play in the process.
Chrissy Remein currently serves as New York City Water Quality Coordinator at Riverkeeper where she develops community and stakeholder-driven vision plans for Newtown Creek and Flushing Bay. Before graduate school, Remein worked as a program manager for nonprofits like the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and spent two years in Togo as a Peace Corps Natural Resource Management Volunteer.
Lisa Bloodgood currently serves as education coordinator for the Newtown Creek Alliance, where she focuses on community science-based research rooted in ecology, biodiversity, and restoration. She is the NY Co-Chair for the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program’s Community Advisory Council, and serves on both the Steering and Technical Committees for the EPA’s Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG). Bloodgood also volunteers as Vice-Chairperson of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth’s (NAG) Board of Directors.
As always, breakfast is on us.