TitleOral history interview conducted with Willis Elkins on November 29, 2018.
Summary(00:40) Mission of Newtown Creek Alliance -- (2:20) Cleaning up access points to Creek -- (4:04) Supportive of industrial uses of the waterway -- (5:00) Unusual position to work with industry -- (5:30) Tours around Creek -- (6:30) Curriculum for local schools -- (7:14) Floating docks -- (9:48) Dealing with chemical contaminants in Creek, threat to human and wildlife health -- (11:30) Newtown Creek Superfund site -- (12:18) Problems with Combined Sewer Overflow in Creek -- (14:39) Monitoring illegal dumping in Creek -- (17:26) Challenges of working with different municipalities around Creek -- (19:35) NCA Vision plan -- (22:40) Working with industries to reduce pollution -- (24:35) Gateway to Greenpoint -- (26:15) Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group
NoteAudio interview conducted on November 29, 2018, by Acacia Thompson in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Collected through Our Streets, Our Stories, an oral history project of Brooklyn Public Library. This project is funded through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.
SubjectNewtown Creek (Kings County-New York County, N.Y.) ; Waste disposal in rivers, lakes, etc. ; Combined sewer overflows ; Salt marsh restoration ; Superfund sites ; Waterfronts ; Pollution ; Oil spills--Cleanup ; Oil spills--Environmental aspects
Cite AsGreenpoint Environmental History Project, Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History
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