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Resilience + Resistance NYC // Urban Waterways and Water Systems


  • Swale Floating Food Forest Pier 2 Promenade Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

Eco Practicum NYC on aboard Swale floating food forest. 

How do we manage the flows of water into, within, and out of the city? What are the current toxicity levels of urban waterways, and how can we remediate them so that water can, once again, be a site for fishing and swimming? With the EPA facing an uncertain future, what are state and city agencies, as well as citizen groups, doing to protect the regional water assets, which include the largest unfiltered water supply system in the world. 

Program Highlights:

  • Create and paint with natural dyes
  • Tour Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 
  • Test Hudson River water quality and discuss toxic remediation 
  • Meet with artists whose work engages climate change mitigation and adaptation 
  • Host a film screening of “Chasing Ice” and discuss the new politics of water