Greenpoint Gazette

NAG To Launch BETA version of Greenpoint Toxic Map this Month

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Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) is set to unveil its “toxic,” map of the neighborhood.

On October 20, NAG will host a Toxicity Map: Beta Release event at the Sunview Luncheonette on Nassau Avenue.

The project was made possible by a grant received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as part of their environmental justice community impact grant program.

For this project, NAG collaborated with Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) to highlight areas on the map of Greenpoint that could be concerning for residents of the neighborhood.

The idea for the map came about as new developers began constructing large-scale properties in Greenpoint. When sites like the former NuHart Plastic factory were bought to be developed, environmental tests confirmed the presence of toxic plumes below the surface.

Many residents then expressed an interest in learning more about the history of the past industrial usage of the neighborhood and what chemical contaminants might be present in the soil.

Here are some of the salient features of the map:

— Displays polluted and potentially polluted sites in Greenpoint and Williamsburg by type

— Uses publicly available data to plot properties subject environmental checks or regulations by government agencies, locations of prior oil and other chemical spills, plumes of various chemicals, brownfields, and the area’s Superfund sites.

— Shows the locations of waste transfer stations in the neighborhoods as well as the routes the trucks take in the neighborhood.

For more information on the event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/772000169575042/.

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