28 Mar '12, 5pm

Salvaging a notoriously polluted urban creek takes nerve - and nerds:

Salvaging a notoriously polluted urban creek takes nerve - and nerds:

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang — profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we’ve written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you’ll have heard of; most you probably won’t. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. In 2012, this is how Brooklyn rolls: On an early spring evening in March, 60-70 people gathered at the Brooklyn Brewery to hear a talk about what to do about sewage overflow into the notoriously polluted Newtown Creek . Urban planner Kate Zidar, the executive director of the Newtown Creek Alliance , recalled the meeting as the “nerdiest event you can imagine.” “The first speaker went through reams of water quality data,” says Zidar, “and then there was me talking about a really obscure planning process. And it was packed.” These days, it seems like yo...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/kate-zidar-a-sewershed-grows-in-b...

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