by June Portnoy
Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Department formed a cooperative partnership with the Newtown Creek Coalition (NCC) this past year to conduct a long-term water quality monitoring program on Newtown Creek. The results of the testing will be used to assess any effects that Newtown Borough and Township activities might have on the ecological health of the creek.
The NCC was established in 2006 by a group of interested citizens living in the vicinity of Newtown Creek, along with representatives from the governing bodies of Newtown Borough and Newtown Township. Its mission is “To improve, protect and preserve Newtown Creek and to encourage appropriate use of this natural and historic resource by the community.”
“This new partnership with Bucks is ideal because it’s great to have an academic institution with the expertise, scientific know-how and testing equipment to help us address any concerns we have about the creek,” said Mike Sellers, NCC Founder. “These findings will help us better understand any key issues affecting the creek’s water, so we can work with the local government on improving them, if necessary.”