[WATCH] New York's Most Polluted Waterway | Newtown Creek

Learn about the tragic story of America's largest domestic oil spill on Newtown Creek, and how it became one of the most polluted waterways in the country. Meet the environmental activist fighting for Newtown Creek's restoration and discover the creek's geologic history and how Native Americans used it for trade and transportation. Explore the early history and colonization of Newtown Creek and how it was transformed into an industrial waterway in the 1800s.

Discover the causes and consequences of Newtown Creek's pollution and the impact of the oil industry on the creek's ecosystem. Learn about the vital role Newtown Creek played during World War II and the great fire that ended oil refining at the creek. Find out when New York City discovered the extent of pollution in Newtown Creek and take a tour of the creek's infrastructure, past, and present.

Understand the manufacturing of natural gas and its impact on Newtown Creek and why its cleanup efforts seem hopeless. Finally, learn about the state of Newtown Creek today and the challenges and opportunities for restoration. Follow us for more environmental history and news.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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