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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 >
Calling all Gowanus Artists!
Submit original work with "Maritime Mutant" theme for a chance to be featured on our channels!More >
Urban Ecology Lecture Series
Our spring season is has arrived!
Come join us for our first panel discussion on Tuesday March 24 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: