Just in time for Halloween! Ugh:
The NAG Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map is an interactive map of toxic “hot spots” in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Data used to compile this map came from city, state and federal sources, guided by on-the-ground knowledge from local activists. Click through the data layers on the map to understand some neighborhood trends such as population density and asthma hospital visits, and locate some specific sites such as former NuHart Plastics factory and the Exxon oil spill. Sites that have already been remediated and sites that require future remediation are included on this map.
NAG hopes that this project will help the community better understand the environmental concerns in the area they live in and ultimately to improve the health and well-being of the community by motivating and empowering community members to be more engaged in their local governing and policy-making process.
The activists say they saw fish, crabs, eels, and birds flocking back to the creek better known as a slough of petroleum, raw sewage, and dangerous metals. But there was still a dearth of healthy shoreline space for the critters to inhabit, and so they decided to create something for the marine life to cling to — a project they funded, appropriately, through funds Big Oil paid out for hitting the creek with an oil spill three times the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster.
The dock now acts as a miniature reef for the revived wildlife population, Elkins said — mussels, shrimp, and other shellfish have colonized bottom of the structure, while wading birds like herons perch on top.