EPA goes to work cleaning up Gowanus Canal

The Gowanus Canal is getting a major cleanup in the coming years, that some members of the community think is very necessary.

News 12 Staff

Mar 15, 2019, 12:43 AM

Updated 1,867 days ago

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EPA goes to work cleaning up Gowanus Canal
The Gowanus Canal is getting a major cleanup in the coming years, that some members of the community think is very necessary.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a multimillion-dollar project is cleaning up the canal, with the bottom already the cleanest it has been in over a century.
The 2.5-mile section of waterway is getting cleaned up via a Superfund, or a federal pool of money that goes toward cleaning up the most contaminated bodies of water.
For over a century, experts say the canal was a dumping ground for coal and chemicals. Residents who News 12 spoke to called the canal disgusting and unappealing.
The EPA's Pete Lopez says it has been a two-year process removing layers of mud and placing a protective cover on the canal's floor, preventing new contaminants from settling in.
Despite the positive impact, one person worried that the cleaner canal could price people out of the neighborhood.


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