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My Gowanus

Gowanus Canal seen from the Union Street Bridge. January 3, 2012, Photo: Steven Pisano

Join us for a tour of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding lowland neighborhoods with Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) founder Andy Simons and learn how one of the most polluted water bodies in the country is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Hear about the Conservancy from its modest volunteer beginnings to its role today as a robust stewardship and advocacy group, working to build and maintain innovative green infrastructure in the Gowanus Watershed. Participants will gain an overview of the history of the Gowanus Canal, its ecosystem, and the ongoing clean-up and related planning processes, including the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan developed in partnership with SCAPE Studio. The tour includes visits to Sponge Park, an innovative, street-end green infrastructure installation designed by dlandstudio; views of progress on the first pilot dredging work through the Superfund; and the GCC’s Salt Lot Compost Facility and nursery.

Admission: $7
Space is limited. Registration recommended.