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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.

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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.

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GCC Pop-Up Nursery

Saturdays 11am-3pm
Times subject to change - see calendar for updates
Carroll St. & Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This growing season, check out our Pop-Up Nursery at the corner of Carroll & Nevins! Volunteers and students will be helping 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.

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


Gowanus ArtLab Workshops

Location: Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner, 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
View all workshops here.

ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that will host 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 will inhabit the green roof, capturing and retaining rainwater before it makes its way into the canal; the floor will additionally feature a watershed mural. 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.


Rainwater Harvesting System Workshops

Lenny RWH SystemIn partnership with GrowNYC, GCC is building a modular Rainwater Harvesting System to capture rainfall at our compost and nursery site. The project will have multiple benefits of capturing rainwater used to irrigate plants, prevent pollution by minimizing combined sewer overflow, provide a shaded workspace for volunteers working on composting and plant propagation, and for school-age and adult visitors to participate in workshops and activities. It will also provide a way to get shelter from the rain and act as a demonstration of what homeowners and gardeners can do at their own site.

We will be hosting workshops throughout 2016. Learn how to implement your own GI system, including how to build your own rainwater harvesting system using rain barrels.

Where Does Your Water Come From? Where Does It Go?
Learn more at an upcoming event:
June 18 (location TBD)

In partnership with GrowNYC, learn about what you can do to help prevent Combined Sewer Overflows in New York City. Whenever it rains, raw sewage is dumped untreated into New York City water-bodies like the Gowanus Canal. In this hands on workshop, learn about this problem and come away with ideas about what you can do from adopting a bioswale, to building your own rainwater harvesting system. More info here.

View all workshop dates here.

RSVP through the Google Survey here.

Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

2016 Urban Ecology Lecture Series

Urban Ecology Lecture Series

Plants, animals, humans, economy, culture and infrastructure all make up our urban ecology. These elements are constantly interacting, creating both change and equilibrium in a complex environment.  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.

Please click here to see more information about our upcoming lectures.

Biome of Jamaica Bay: a Dynamic Restoration or Forgotten Wetland?

June 8, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm
543 Union Street, Brooklyn 11215
Lecture entrance is through the alleyway gate on Nevins St. There is $5 suggested donation at the door, and Brooklyn Brewery beer will be available for a $3 suggested donation.

Jamaica Bay, as one of three main wetlands in NYC that boasts a biodiversity of 150 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies, mammals and reptiles and one of the largest populations of horseshoe crabs in the Northeast, it also is the site for three wastewater treatment plants.  Their release of treated water into the Bay has led to conversations about water quality, biodiversity and coastal restoration and provides an exciting opportunity to bridge community engagement with the scientific community. By exploring the efforts of the National Park Service, field work scientists and environmental educators, we will learn how students, volunteers and all of us can discover creative ways to restore our waterways and in time, answer the question, is our water safe?

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The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is an independent environmental 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2006. More >