Report: Gowanus Canal has low risk to humans
Health officials want Brooklyn residents to know that the Gowanus Canal isn't all bad.
A new, 86-page Department of Health report finds that breathing near or paddling through the canal carries a very low health risk to humans.
The Gowanus Canal is known for its high pollution and toxic chemicals.
Officials warn people to avoid swimming or any other activity that could lead to swallowing its water.