EPA warns of dangers lurking in the Gowanus Canal

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The United States Environmental Protection agency is warning Brooklyn residents about the dangers lurking in the Gowanus Canal.

The Gowanus Community Advisory Group reached out to the EPA urging them to put warning signs up about the potential risks of consuming food from the canal.

According to Andrea Parker, of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, more than 350,000 gallons of combined storm water and sewage flow into the canal. She says the EPA found gonorrhea and chlamydia in the canal previously and a host of other toxic conditions.

The EPA plans to post signs about the dangers in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Chrissy Remein, of Riverkeeper, says the canal is part of a Superfund process. She says her group, along with the other agencies, is working on long-term control plans to minimize the combined sewer overflow that goes into the canal.

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