Floating Wetland Project of LaGuardia College Environmental Science program. 

Image credit M. Mulally 2018


Every year, the City's combined sewer system discharges nearly 200 million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff  mixed with untreated sewage (CSO) into the dutch kills tributary of newtown creek.

This former maritime artery is surrounded by residential towers, commercial and industrial businesses, a community garden, and LaGuardia College which makes it a perfect spot for educational and recreational opportunities. 

Community groups in the area are hard at work monitoring water quality in the Dutch Kills tributary and organizing shoreline plantings and projects like the floating wetland depicted above.  

The City (NYC DEP) recently installed a large marshland restoration project along the banks of the tributry to help improve water quality and enhance the natural habitat. 

The Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills project is informed by community recommendations in two vision plans published in 2018: Bridging the Creek, and the Dutch Kills section of the Newtown Creek Vision Plan as well as a series of maps depicting GIS analysis of our specific project area.

SWIM and our strategic partners  have teamed up with Newtown Creek Alliance and GreenShores NYC to develop a community driven action plan for improving water quality in the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek.


In early 2018, we met with elected officials, NYC DEP, DOT, Parks departments, NYDEC, LaGuardia College and other key stakeholders to advise them of our plan and build a feasible priority project list that can be implemented over time. 


Recently, we met with local stakeholders and community groups to inventory all the assets and existing conditions in the project area, review and discuss our priority project list, and initiate ideas a for the Getting to Zero CSO's in Dutch Kills Action Plan!


The plan will launch in summer 2019 with a public art project. Stay tuned for updates here and on our blog. 

The Getting To Zero in Dutch Kills is a project of SWIM Coalition in collaboration with NYC Soil and Water Conservation District, GreenShores NYC, Newtown Creek Alliance and Riverkeeper. The project is funded by a grant from the Hudson River Foundation-Newtown Creek Fund. 

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