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EXPO Gowanus 2017

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Attention Citizen Scientists


NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Dynamical Systems Lab has been doing research on the Gowanus Canal since 2013. Building an aquatic environmental monitoring 'robot' that can go on the surface of the canal, take pictures, measure water quality and transmit the data, and have recently launched a website to engage people who are interested in the environmental problems of the Gowanus Canal as citizen scientists to monitor the environment. 


“Users can look at the pictures taken by our aquatic robot, and classify them as either "threat" or "no threat" to the environment. With the help of citizen scientists, we can understand where on the canal is polluted. Further, by aggregating users' data, we can improve the accuracy of information, which is important in citizen science projects.”


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EXPO Gowanus 2017


Come join us at EXPO Gowanus: a neighborhood carnival of art, science, and toxic waste. Learn about and get involved in issues facing our waterway and neighborhood, while having a fun day in the park! 

This year's all-ages EXPO will celebrate the Gowanus community and protecting and restoring our Canal and Watershed. EXPO Gowanus will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00am - 3:00pm at Thomas Greene Park on 3rd Ave and Douglass St. Join us for art-making, activism, Gowanus investigation, dance and music performances, food, sports, and volunteer stewardship. Students from local schools will showcase their investigations about Gowanus water quality, green infrastructure, climate change, and other important local issues.  

2017 EXPO Partners and Sponsors: Friends of Thomas Greene Park, Fifth Avenue Committee, Con Edison 

2,000 Gallon Project


photo credit: Pavel Bendov

The 2,000 Gallon Project reimagines the common commercial dumpster to make a visual statement about how retaining stormwater can help prevent combined sewage overflow (CSO) into the Gowanus Canal. The Canal, in the heart of Brooklyn, is one of America’s most polluted waterways. Its watershed consists of approximately 1,800 acres of densely developed land, and homes for 122,000 residents, who contribute to the annual 377 million gallons of CSO into the Canal. New York City is investing in grey and green infrastructure throughout the Watershed to lessen CSOs, including about 90 curbside rain gardens, or bioswales, and two large sewage detention tanks totalling 12 million gallons of storage. These projects will have substantive impacts on the amount of untreated sewage entering the Canal, but will not solve the problem entirely. Each dumpster is 2,000 gallons - the amount of stormwater managed by each new bioswale - and serve as an aboveground visualization of the physical volume of managed stormwater. Each and every person that lives, works or plays in the Gowanus Watershed can contribute to the solution, by lessening water use during storms and retaining stormwater at their home, school or business to achieve 0 gallons of CSO into the Canal, and make the Gowanus Blue.

Watch our progress as we plant and deploy 10 dumpsters!

We need help watering August-September, and planting in October! Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

Help make Gowanus Blue! Residents, businesses and schools can learn how to make a rainwater harvesting system at our free workshop series.

GCC Pop-Up Nursery

Carroll St. & Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

By appointment only. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 718-541-4378

Get your native perennials in the ground this fall, and they'll be established and ready to rock next spring!

Volunteers and students help us grow a wide array of mostly native plants well-adapted to our urban conditions. These plants will be installed in gardens throughout the Watershed, and are also for sale. See list of plants currently available here. Discounts are available for GCC members, public schools, and community gardens. See here for more details.

Thanks to Alloy for hosting and Greenbelt Native Plant Center for supporting our 2016 Nursery.


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Gowanus ArtLab Workshops

Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
[Click here for exact location]
View all workshops here.

ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood.

Sedums inhabit the green roof, capturing and retaining rainwater before it makes its way into the canal. The structure thus becomes an educational opportunity itself while it hosts other workshops.

By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.


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