'City of Water Day' brings awareness to a Queens creek

A celebration of "City of Water Day," brings awareness to a Queens creek.

Volunteers from the Newtown Creek Alliance spray painted stenciled designs onto sidewalks in Long Island City on Saturday. 

The stencils left messages near street storm drains to stop pollution and littering. 

Cutting back on pollution,  volunteers say will reduce the amount of trash and other undesirable material that ends up in the creek.

Organizers say it is important to raise awareness about the forgotten body of water.

"Newtown Creek has been sort of fenced off in a lot of ways, there are a lot of private properties and industries that border it so there is not a lot of access to it, so another one of our mission is to reveal the creek and let people know that there is a waterway here and it could be a much more beautiful and resourceful place for us but we need to sort of start paying attention and take some care of it," said Willis Elkins, Program Manager, Newtown Creek Alliance. 

Officials with the Newtown Creek Alliance say designs have been spray painted at nearly 40 intersections throughout Western Queens.

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