EPA conducts dredging efforts at Gowanus

Posted: Updated:
GOWANUS -

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting dredging efforts at the Gowanus Canal.

Heavy machinery, a boat anchor and garbage are just some of the items the EPA has found while dredging the canal.

The items were pulled from the water near the 4th Street turning basin. 

Natalie Loney, EPA Community Involvement coordinator for the Gowanus Canal superfund site, says dredging helps clean the waters.

"This represents just a relatively small portion of the canal that we will be dredging," Loney says.

Large pieces of black-colored sludge are pulled from the sediment and often referred to as "black mayo" for its tar-like quality. 

The Brooklyner reports the project was put on hold in January after an issue with bulkheads causing damage.

The EPA has not yet decided what it will do with the items pulled from the waters.

Some of the items have historic value, officials say.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."