Some of you may know that I spend a lot of time around Newtown Creek.
I remember first being blown away by the horrific pollution, but as my eyes “adjusted”, I began to notice the night herons nesting in the trees growing along putrid mustard-yellow waters, pure white egrets gliding over the crumbling bulkheads, schools of tiny fish feeding on the unmentionables near the sewer outfalls – I thought to myself, life has not left this place.
Fast-forward 8-years, and another group I am involved with, Newtown Creek Alliance, has launched another very exciting project: Living Dock. This project is living proof that Newtown Creek is not “like the Dead Sea” as a government official once put forth in a meeting.
Thanks to funding from GCEF, NCA has created a 200 sq foot floating dock that is designed to provide habitat for marine organisms and plants in Newtown Creek.
More than just a place for marine life to hang, the Living Dock will also test bio-remediation strategies using oysters, mussels and native plants, which can help clean contaminated waters of excessive nutrients and bacteria.
Want to check out the Living Dock for yourself? For a first hand look at the habitat units and numerous species that have been returning to Newtown Creek, get in touch program manager Willis Elkins – welkins (at) newtowncreekalliance (dot) org