A Final Round of Environmental Projects to be Funded in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

April 2015: Community members helped launch the Greenpoint Environmental Community Funded “Living Dock” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

A call for environmental project proposals in the North Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint is underway. On May 4, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) invites the public to learn about the final round of funding at the Polish National Home at 261 Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint, starting at 6:30 pm.

Millions of dollars became available for the “greening” of Greenpoint after the State’s settlement over ExxonMobil’s oil spill in Newtown Creek. The Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Environmental Conservation oversee the fund that launched in 2011.

The fund has already helped start 24 community projects with $11.4 million in grants and an additional $24 million in matching funds by donors. Over $8 million of the GCEF fund is available for the final round of project proposals:

You are invited to a community meeting on the final grant round of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, a community grant program that has already invested nearly $35 million into improving Greenpoint’s environment. Join us to more learn about this exciting program — and how you, your organization, and your community can turn your environmental improvement ideas into projects that can be funded by GCEF.

Past proposals that were awarded funding include the Intertidal Wetland Project, which received $260,000 to extend the eroded marsh habitat along the shore of the creek, and the West Street Watershed Stormwater Project with approximately $7 million to create green infrastructure that will prevent millions of gallons of storm water from flooding the western region of Greenpoint along the East River.

Willis Elkins, program manager at the Newtown Creek Alliance, describes the “Living Dock.”

Earlier this month, Willis Elkins, program manager at The Newtown Creek Alliance, helped launched the “Living Dock” project a floating habitat funded by GCEF: “We applied for funding for a small grant of under $25,000 to cover the to design and construction of the dock, as well as the monitoring we’re going to do throughout the summer as well,” Elkins said. The dock will soon be home to oysters and mussels that were once native to the creek and will help to clean the water of bacteria.

“What better place than Newtown Creek that’s been so decimated to try and help some of that stuff to recover; the wildlife, which will also improve water quality,” Elkins said.