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01.25.13 Andy Cush

A dolphin is currently stranded inside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted waterways in the country. Witnesses spotted the animal near the Union Street Bridge at around 12:30. It’s unclear how the dolphin got there, but the canal does empty into a series of waterways that eventually reaches the Atlantic Ocean. “It was […]

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12.31.12 Andy Cush

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund plan to clean up Brooklyn’s insanely polluted Gowanus Canal has acquired a surprising–but probably necessary–new prong: giant, $78 million holding tanks to keep sewage overflow from seeping into the waterway. Initially, the EPA hoped only to dredge some of the toxic scum from the Gowanus’s bottom, but when they realized […]

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12.11.12 Andy Cush

Last month, we told you about a plan put forth that would use toxic sludge dredged out of the Gowanus Canal to literally expand the land at Red Hook’s waterfront. Put forth by Brooklyn concrete magnate John Quadrozzi, the plan would designate the new land for–you guessed it–Quadrozzi’s own use. It looks like that plan may […]

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11.29.12 Andy Cush

Brooklyn concrete mogul John Quadrozzi has an unusual proposition for storing the toxic sludge that the EPA will dredge out of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site: shipping it to his Red Hook waterfront property and dumping it into the Gowanus Bay, expanding his shipping terminal and creating new land he can rent to other businesses. As […]

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09.20.12 Andy Cush

Filmmaker 2e sent us this video today, featuring footage he took inside the abandoned Gowanus Canal power plant known as the Batcave. 2e is the guy behind the “5 Boroughs, 6 Months” film we covered in June, which strung 60 gigs of digital photographs into one four-minute filmic collage, and the Batcave video makes a […]

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03.15.11 Bucky Turco

Artifacts! Not only will residents benefit from an environmental cleanup of the Gowanus Canal, but also archaeologists. According to the New York Times, there’s a good likelihood that historical treasures from the Revolutionary War or other eras will be uncovered beneath the muck and chemical debris. The Environmental Protection Agency will be in charge of […]

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03.02.10 Bucky Turco

After some back and forth with the city for what seemed like forever, the EPA is moving ahead with plans to name Gowanus Canal a Superfund site. That means federal resources can now be allocated and someone will finally start cleaning up all the toxic crap that’s been accumulating in the Brooklyn waterway for decades. […]

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07.02.09 Will Sherman

Hoping to avoid the stigma of a Superfund project which could “scare away developers,” the city is proposing a new plan to cleanup the polluted Gowanus Canal. Officials claim their proposal would more quickly rid the waterway of “pesticides, metals and cancer-causing chemicals called PCBs” and “allow polluters to voluntarily pay for the cleanup” costs. […]

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