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2015 Garden and Compost Internship
The GCC is looking for hard working and independently-minded candidates to serve as interns to help maintain and organize volunteers to steward the Conservancy’s gardens, nursery and street trees.More >
2015 Clean & Green Schedule
Celebrate six years of volunteer programs throughout the Gowanus. Join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and hundreds of volunteers to make the Gowanus Canal and its watershed more open, clean, and alive.More >
Gowanus Canal Walking Tours
Join us for a Gowanus Canal Walking tour and learn about the canal's history, ecosystem, Superfund, and Conservancy design-build projects.More >
2015 ¡Composting Gowanus! Schedule
Join us as we incorporate up to 10,000 pounds of food scraps into a new compost windrow every month!More >
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About the Gowanus Canal Conservancy
About the Gowanus Canal
The 1.8 mile long Gowanus Canal was created in the mid-late 1800s on the site of a former saltmarsh and creek and has seen its fair share of environmental issues. For years, it has captured raw sewage waste from adjacent residential neighborhoods, industrial waste products from the businesses located along its banks, and polluted surface run off. At the same time, the canal is dotted with structures and bridges that celebrate its important industrial history and is home to egrets, cormorants, and other forms of wildlife. Currently, the area is filled with small industries, businesses, homes and artists’ studios and is slated for rezoning by the City. In 2010 it was granted Superfund status.
Sources of pollution in the canal: