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  • Oil and Water

    Can you imagine swimming in or drinking the water in the photo? Newtown Creek is in the USA—New York to be exact—and it has oil floting on it. Riverkeeper is fighting to get the pollution cleaned up and further pollution stopped. (Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper.)

    They say: "In 2004, Riverkeeper filed a federal lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for its failure to stop the pollution of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Newtown Creek caused by a historic, 17 million gallon oil spill which resulted in a plume of contaminated groundwater under Greenpoint and Newtown Creek.

    Residents of the area have some of the highest rates of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema in the city. Riverkeeper's efforts have brought the matter not only into the courts, but to the attention of the government, which owes its citizens the basic right of clean air and water."

    If you live near the creek, you can help patrol. If not, you can take other action. Visit their website.