GOFB partners with the Billion Oyster Project to repopulate the oysters in Flushing Bay. BOP and student researchers found that the Bay is already home to the largest oyster population in NY Harbor. Of the many ecological benefits oysters provide, their ability to filter up to 50 gallons of water per day make oysters invaluable to the clean water future of Flushing Bay.
GOFB members collect water quality samples weekly for the NYC Water Trail Association. Each week, citizens scientists test the shores of Flushing Waterways for sewage-indicating bacteria and the results are reported by the NYCWTA.
GOFB is working closely with Riverkeeper to develop a vision for the future of Flushing Bay and Creek, the Flushing waterways. A key component of the report is the proposal of a Queens Water Exploration Center, the QWEC, a community boathouse, education lab, and park amenity. See the full report here.
GoFB is a member of the Sensible Way to LGA coalition, advocating for a thorough and robust LGA AirTrain environmental review process that weighs all alternatives evenly. The coalition includes members from Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Queens Neighborhoods United, Ditmars Blvd Block Association, Riverkeeper, and Jackson Heights Beautification Group.