BROOKLYN - Brooklyn residents presented their opinions on the future of the Gowanus Canal at a public meeting Monday night.

The group Bridge Gowanus organized a public forum at P.S. 372 as the first in a series of town hall meetings. Topics for discussion included ideas for infrastructure and land use along the banks of the canal.

Steps have been taken to develop the area since the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to spend $506 million to clean up the polluted waterway. The promise of clear waters has brought new projects to the Gowanus Canal, including housing and a Whole Foods market.

Many Brooklyn residents are concerned about keeping the character of the neighborhood during the revitalization process.

Organizers of the meeting say they hope to find a shared vision from the community as well as developers.