Gowanus Canal cleanup project - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Gowanus Canal cleanup project

Posted: Updated:
Gowanus Canal (EPA photo) Gowanus Canal (EPA photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site in Brooklyn. (A Superfund is a site where toxic wastes have been dumped and the EPA cleans them up.)

"This contamination took about 100 years to create," EPA's Bonnie Bellow said. "We have a toxic legacy here of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons... And toxins that affect people's health and the environment."

And taxpayers are in the clear. The EPA said the project will cost $506 million and will be funded by those legally responsible for the pollution, including national grid. The EPA said this change is long overdue.

"Our parents, many who have grew up in Brooklyn like mine have only known a polluted Gowanus Canal, our children and our grandchildren will now only know a clean one."

The plan will divide the 1.8-mile long canal into 3 segments.

The EPA said it will dredge about 600,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment, which will then be taken out of New York City. When the project is done, the sewage will be reduced anywhere from 58 percent to 74 percent, the EPA said.

Brooklyn residents said they will welcome that progress.

"It would be nice to touch the water," one said. "Right now I never would. I think it's disgusting right now."

The EPA said the project will create hundreds of jobs and will start in the next two to three years.

When it's finished in about 10 years, you'll be able to safely boat in the canal, but you may not want to take a dip in it, the EPA said.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Girl drowns off Coney Island

    Girl drowns off Coney Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:07:25 GMT
    A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
    A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
  • 'Mortified': stage performers over share

    'Mortified': stage performers over share

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:56:08 GMT
    Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
    Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
  • Bratton: 'not happy'

    NYPD probing raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    NYPD probing raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:12:43 GMT
    The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed.
    The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices