On 3-27 and 3-29-07 we patrolled Newtown Creek with students from the Harbor School. Sabrina Wells from Riverkeeper described the environmental problems facing Newtown Creek and Riverkeeper's case against EXXON MOBIL. The Harbor School is a high school in Brooklyn which integrates it's curriculum into the study of maritime culture history and the environment of New York City and its surrounding waters.
It was great for us to get to speak with local students about THEIR waters.
3-29-07 on the Harlem River on the Bronx side near Highbridge there is a church owned property where all kinds of trash and waste are being dumped into the River.
Riverkeeper has been gently asking for a cleanup for a year now. I'd like to end the gentle part now. This is not only the most blatant dumping on the Harlem River but it's also a terrible embarassment - every tourist from every corner of the world who rides the Circle Line around Manhattan gets to see the low regard some of us have for our water.
What astounds me is that none of the NYPD boats, DEC or DEP and NY Parks boats which often pass by seem to have ever reported this site. They all have the mandate AND the authority to order a cleanup.