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By Land and Sea: Bike and Canoe Tour of Newtown Creek (October 7th)

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Join Newtown Creek Alliance and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a unique guided tour of Newtown Creek by bike and boat! Once a vast tidal wetland, the Creek quickly became one of the busiest waterways in the county, leaving a significant legacy of environmental destruction and contamination, leading to the ultimate designation as a federal superfund. However, improvements are underway and the past 2 decades have seen improvements to water quality and with it a returning ecology where fish, crabs and a plethora of shorebirds now exist amongst the challenging conditions.

The bike tour will stop at key locations that highlight the industrial history, pollution issues and ecological activity along the Creek. The bicycling portion will take place almost exclusively within a heavy industrial zone. To minimize conflicts with traffic and noise, the tour will take place on a Sunday when most businesses are closed. Nevertheless, the route runs along industrial roads and is recommended for experienced bicyclists. Participants are responsible for providing their own bicycle and ensuring that it is in proper working order.

The 9 mile bike ride will end at the North Brooklyn Boat Club (Ash and McGuinness) where participants will receive on-land safety instruction before joining trained canoe guides to explore the waters aboard two 25' canoes. The canoe trip will venture into Dutch Kills, an intimate urban waterway running through Long Island City. No paddling experience is required; all boating and safety equipment is provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, sun protection and a small snack. There will be ample opportunity for photography and bird watching along the route as well.

These events are run in conjunction with the Kingsland Wildflowers project and are made possible with generous support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Full route map forthcoming.

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