$30 million clean-up for Newtown Creek already underway, says DEP

Construction has begun on a $30 million project to build four litter capture devices that will improve the health and appearance of North Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek, announced New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials on Monday, January 11.

The control devices – similar to those that have already been installed along the Bronx River and Gowanus Canal – include floating baffles and bending weirds to capture the litter and direct it to a wastewater treatment plant where it can be properly disposed of.

“Cleaning up and revitalizing Newtown Creek is one of our top priorities and this $30 million investment will help to capture trash and debris and ensure that it does not foul the waterway,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.  “We look forward to continuing to work with elected officials, environmental groups and residents on the many other projects we are working on to further improve the health of Newtown Creek.”

“Our natural resources are an invaluable part of the community we share in Brooklyn,” added Borough President Eric Adams. “The residents of Greenpoint and East Williamsburg deserve to enjoy an improved Newtown Creek that has been cleaned of pollution and restored to beauty.”

The devices will be installed at the following locations: 47th Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets; Rust Street and 56th Drive; Troutman Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue; and 455 Johnson Avenue.

Construction of the Newtown Creek facilities is slated for completion in 2017.

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