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Rainwater Harvesting System Workshops
The GCC will be hosting a series of workshops on the environmental challenges of the Gowanus Canal and the Green Infrastructure measures taking place in the neighborhood. View upcoming workshop dates here.More >
2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Once a month, our guest panelists bring perspectives on timely and practical aspects of urban ecology from science, history, social science and professional fields through short, dynamic presentations and lively panel discussions that include Q&A with the audience.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: