$625k Grant Awarded for Newtown Creek Brownfields Remediation

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We’ve told you about Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted waterways in North America,  here with video. According to an announcement out today, the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance have received an award of $625,454 in New York State Brownfields Opportunity Area (“BOA”) funding for a community-driven planning and redevelopment analysis of Newtown Creek and surrounding contaminated sites in Queens and Brooklyn. The State Department of State awarded a total of $7.25 million to 50 local governments and community groups across New York under the BOA program. The Newtown Creek BOA project received the largest award of all the recipients and will launch in late spring to early summer. Basil Seggos, Riverkeeper’s Chief Investigator:

This is exciting news for Newtown Creek and its communities. The grant will enable residents and businesses to chart a course for a cleaner waterway, new parks, expanded economic opportunities, and the cleanup of toxic sites. A bright future for this once-forgotten waterway is within reach. 

Enjoy your trip up sh*t’s creek with a paddle when you read on for the complete announcement : )

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$625k Grant Awarded For Brownfields Remediation Planning Around Newtown Creek
State Money to Fund Community Work of GMDC, Riverkeeper & Newtown Creek Alliance

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance have received an award of $625,454 in New York State Brownfields Opportunity Area (“BOA”) funding for a community-driven planning and redevelopment analysis of Newtown Creek and surrounding contaminated sites in Queens and Brooklyn.

Funds will be utilized to assess redevelopment opportunities for contaminated sites along the Creek pursuant to intensive community input, emphasizing high-performance, environmentally sustainable industrial uses, parks and wetlands creation, and improved environmental infrastructure. The study will examine the watershed as a whole in an effort to improve the environmental condition of both the land and water. The Newtown Creek study area includes portions of Long Island City, Maspeth, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

“GMDC is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance on the Newtown Creek BOA,” said Brian Coleman, GMDC’s CEO. “This planning process will represent a critical step toward reclaiming polluted sites around the Creek for sustainable industrial uses, open space and recreation.”

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