Newtown Creek, a tributary of the East River, provides a natural border between Brooklyn and Queens. Because of contamination from a major oil spill, as well as other metals, volatile organic compounds, and pathogens, Newtown Creek is sometimes called the most polluted body of water in North America.
On Friday morning, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and other elected officials, along with national organization the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, State organization Riverkeeper, and local group the Newtown Creek Alliance held a press conference to release a national report by CHEJ, Superfund: In the Eye of the Storm, and advocate for a Superfund designation for Newtown Creek. (Watch a video here).
In addition, the Urban Public Health Department of Hunter College/CUNY, HabitatMap, and the Newtown Creek Alliance are undertaking a major public health study that aims to document the concerns of individuals living along Newtown Creek. They are hosting an information session this Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm at the Metropolitan Houses, 609 Metropolitan Avenue (between Lorimer & Leonard), Brooklyn.
For more information, contact the Newtown Creek Community Health & Harm Narratives Project (CHHNP)
Phone: (718) 577-1359