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Join us for our first Expo Gowanus, on Thursday May 28 5:00PM-8:00PM at PS 32, a free event featuring Design, Stewardship, and Investigation projects and ideas that beautify and enhance the health of the Gowanus Canal and Watershed. Click "MORE" for additional information.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 >
Urban Ecology Lecture Series
It is finally starting to feel like spring so let's talk about urban flora!
Join us for our second panel discussion on Tuesday April 28 6:30-8PM on
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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: