Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper and Guardians of Flushing Bay
A workshop at the Queens Museum this week will help better manage sewage overflows in the waters of Flushing Bay.

Flushing Creek and Bay are widely known as two of the most polluted waterways in the state, and now local residents will have the opportunity to help find ways to clean them up.

Councilman Peter Koo, along with environmental advocacy groups, joined together to announce “All Hands on Deck,” a “Flushing Waterways” community visioning workshop.

The workshop, which will take place on Friday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Queens Museum, is designed to create a cohesive community vision for the Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay. The long-term goal of this workshop is to find and implement ways to better manage sewage overflows in the waters.

“Raw sewage overflows directly into the waterways, creating a toxicity that is bad for our environment and our quality of life,” said Koo. “The city must take a stronger stance on cleaning up Flushing’s waterways, so we’re asking for our community to get involved.”

Participants will help imagine and design a future Flushing Creek and Bay that provides greater opportunities for restoration, remediation, resilience and recreation, according to Koo.

“I encourage everyone who cares about the future of Flushing to come to this visioning workshop because the Flushing Creek and Bay are a part of the very foundation on which we live,” said Koo. “If the Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay are not healthy, then our community is not healthy. Our health, and our children’s health, depends on a clean environment.”

Flushing Bay, which Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Sean Dixon called “two of the most historic waterways of New York City,” were part of both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows Park.

Korin Tangtrakul, coordinator at Guardians of Flushing Bay, said that his organization is “thrilled to have this opportunity to bring our voices together to envision a clean and healthy Flushing Bay.”

“As active users of the waterway, we’ve been fighting for pollution reduction and remediation of Flushing Bay,” added Tangtrakul.”This visioning process brings our fight to the forefront.”

To RSVP to this event at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park or find more information, visit allhandsondeckflushingwaterways.eventbrite.com.

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