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The Gowanus "is Seriously Messed Up"

November 28th, 2006 · 3 Comments

One of our favorite local bloggers, Dalton Rooney, who produces the seriously excited! photoblog, sent us a distressing email this morning with the subject line “Gowanus Canal is Seriously Messed Up.” You know we love Brooklyn’s Grand Canal and we know it so well in places that we recognize when new crap has been tossed into it and is sitting on the bottom. In any case, Dalton writes:

I was walking to work this morning over the Carroll St. Bridge and noticed that the water in the canal is much, much worse than normal. It’s turned a funny green color and there’s lots of floating debris around. Other people were stopping to notice too.

You know it’s got to be bad when people actually stop to look at the water in the Big G. Logic tells us that it’s one of several things: (1.) It has something to do with the heavy rain over Thanksgiving which caused more sewage outflow into the canal and some storm drains to overflow into it, (2). A business along the canal dumped somethhing or something into a storm drain that empties into the canal or (3). A combination of (1) and (2). Despite slightly improved water quality in the canal, ever time there is a moderate rain, both effluent and trash go directly into the Gowanus.

A couple of weeks ago we posted about watching oil bubble up to the surface north of the Union Street Bridge. Previously, we’ve posted about geysers of crap erupting from sewers in Gowanus and the threat posed by Atlantic Yards.

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Leak Causing Gowanus Oil Slick?
Beware the Gowanus Canal Sh*t Storm
Holy Crap: Sewage Geysers in Gowanus

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jay // Nov 28, 2006 at 10:33 am

    poor lil’ roller blade
    you’ve lost your mate
    fallen asleep
    in the murky depths below

  • 2 raul // Nov 28, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    I was canoeing in the canal recently… over the course of an hour I saw in the water:

    -half a lawnmower
    -2 wheel chairs
    -bags of used syringes
    -scores of condoms (used)
    -scores of tampons (used)
    -ball point pens (looked new)
    -a motorcycle helmet
    -a torn bag labeled biohazard

  • 3 dalton // Nov 29, 2006 at 7:24 am

    I took a couple of pictures this morning – not pretty. The photos don’t really do justice to the funky colors coming off the water, though. The canal is definitely not feeling well.