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NBBC Supports Save the Boundary Waters

In 2014. NBBC welcomed Amy and Dave Freeman on their journey by canoe from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., where they hoped to draw attention and federal protection to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining. Two years later, the fight not over, Amy and Dave spent an entire year in the BWCA. Part of that year is captured in the short film Bear Witness:

The BWCA is still threatened by the sulfide-ore copper mining. Here’s the latest information from Save the Boundary Waters:

Recently, federal agencies in charge of managing and protecting this area denied two old mining leases next to the Wilderness and announced a two-year “time out” on mining activities in order to thoroughly study the watershed of the Boundary Waters and determine if this is the wrong place for sulfide-ore copper mining. This is a great first step as we work to establish permanent protection, but our work is not done. Please ask your family and friends to join you in signing our petition, thanking decision-makers for taking this first step, and urging them to enact permanent protection for the Boundary Waters: Here’s the link to take action.

We hope all NBBC members and all those who believe in preserving one of the last unpolluted spaces in the United States will tell the government that you care about saving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from pointless industrial degradation.

We at NBBC paddle all season in waters that are thoroughly imbricated in the country’s industrial legacy. We treasure those small measures of wilderness that break through this history of abuse: egrets in Dutch Kills, kingfishers in Bushwick Inlet, cormorants watching the ferries pass on the East River. All of these things let us see the city again, for the first time, in new ways, and rededicate us to NBBC’s mission: enabling and advocating for access to the waterways of New York for its residents. Stewardship and rehabilitation of those waterways is the natural outgrowth of this mission.

Egret in Dutch Kills, July 28, 2017

It seems natural then, to expand this mission to one of the few places left in the country that has not suffered this extraordinary abuse, where you can dip your canteen into the lake water for a drink and listen to the loons call in the autumn and the wolves howl in the winter. We hope everyone who sees this takes a moment to learn more about the Boundary Waters and then takes action.

NBBC Is Hiring: Environmental Education Coordinator

Patterson shows wildlife thriving in the Living Dock to a class from St. Joseph College

Wildlife thriving in the Living Dock

Job Description

The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Coordinator to oversee educational programming throughout the summer and fall season of 2017. NBBC offers marine-based education to visiting school groups, community organizations and the general public through land-based activities at our headquarters in Greenpoint and on-water canoe tours. We are seeking a motivated self-starter to conduct outreach, handle administrative duties, maintain our educational space and run on-land programming. The Coordinator will report to the Board of Directors and also help coordinate our dedicated volunteers in running educational programming.


Outreach to existing and new educational, community and corporate partners in scheduling and offering environmental education programming at the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s boatyard. Tasks include outreach and scheduling, coordination with volunteers and running marine based education programming using established NBBC lessons plans and activities.

Work Schedule & Compensation

  • 15 hours per week, May 1 through October 31
  • Availability to work on weekends is a high priority; scheduling is flexible
  • Possibility of additional hours depending on funding availability
  • $20 per hour


  • Highly motivated and self-driven with ability to work well with others
  • A natural communicator with experience in community outreach and engagement
  • Experience working with groups of all ages in educational setting
  • Background in marine or earth sciences is a plus
  • Must be comfortable in small boats, willing to learn basic paddle skills. Canoe experience is a plus
  • Familiarity with Greenpoint/Williamsburg neighborhoods is a plus

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to info@northbrooklynboatclub.org. Resume should include 2 or 3 references. Position will remain open until filled.

About NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a 501c(3) non-profit organization located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. NBBC is dedicated to enabling and advocating for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint/Williamsburg Brooklyn. The organization enables local citizens to be effective stewards of the ecology and so preserve the recreation and freedom that the waterways engender. Since 2012, NBBC has safely taken thousands of people out onto local waterways and run environmental educational programming for dozens of schools and educational groups. More info on NBBC Environmental Education here.

Celebrating the Wildlife of Newtown Creek

Canada goose, East River, May 2014. Photo by Klaus S.

Canada goose, East River, May 2014. Photo by Klaus S.

We Are Not Alone . . .

On most Fridays this summer, NBBC trip leaders have organized birdwatching paddles on Newtown Creek. These trips along the heavily industrialized and abused waterway have made it clear how resilient the birds of New York are and how they find a way to thrive even in the toughest circumstances.

A great egret in Dutch Kill

A great egret in Dutch Kill

Dutch Kills, which in the language of the indigenous inhabitants of Greenpoint was called “bears’ watering place,” is one of the most polluted sections of the creek, slow to cleanse from spills and overflows, but it is home and resting place for great egrets, black-crowned night heron, yellow-crowned night heron, green heron, plovers, cormorants, geese, and many other birds.
Great egret, in Dutch Kills, Birdwatching Paddle, August 5, 2016

Great egret in Dutch Kills, Birdwatching Paddle, August 5, 2016

We share the waterways of New York with many creatures, and many of these would remain mysteries if we were not out on the water, exploring our home in order to see the it anew and know it in new ways, as if for the first time.
A great egret spotted through binoculars on a Newtown Creek paddle, July 7, 2016

A great egret spotted through binoculars on a Newtown Creek paddle, July 7, 2016

And sometimes the charismatic megafauna is in the boat with us!
Bushwick Inlet Paddle, August 8, 2016

Bushwick Inlet Paddle, August 8, 2016