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What do People do at the Gowanus Canal ?

What Kind of Water Quality Do THEY Want ?


The Gowanus Canal gets a million gallons of sewage a day

The higher the water quality class, the less sewage allowed BAD SD -> I -> SC -> SB - SA GOOD WHAT WE HAVE - THE WORST THERE IS


Adam Katzman, 2011

YOU MAY ENJOY A HIGHER WATER QUALITY CLASS

Class SD Allows for Fish Survival (maybe) (the worst there is – no human health standards)

VS

Class SC Allows you to swim

(not perfect, but good enough – cant swim after heavy rain)


The higher the water quality class, the less sewage allowed BAD

SD WHAT WE HAVE

->

I

->

Flushing Tunnel (maybe)

SC

->

WHAT WE WANT (AVERAGE)

SB

- SA

GOOD

What East River Could be if Gowanus Cleaned


Manha%an 

Historic  Landfilled  Tidal  Marsh 

The  Canal 

Gowanus  Watershed 

Nearly 50,000 people live within a 15 minute walk of the Gowanus Canal

What kind of activities do they use it for now ?


WORKING Jennifer Gardner, 2011


MAKING A LIVING Jennifer Gardner, 2011


SELLING FOOD Jennifer Gardner, Pratt Gowanus Studio, 2011


All pictures from Proteus Gowanus / Dredgers / Conservancy archives, Eymund Diegel, unless otherwise noted

BOATING (BUT LIMITED BARGING)


Carolyn Cole, LA Times, 2011

CANOEING


CANOEING & BOATING


BALLOONING WITH CANOES


BALLOONING


RECORDING THE WATER’S SOUNDS


Jonathan Barkey, 2004

KAYAKING


MORE CANOEING


CANOEING AFTER SEWER OVERFLOWS


BIRDING


DISCUSSING ENVIRONMENTAL RISK


FALLING IN LOVE CANOEING Katia Kelly, Pardon Me For Asking, 2011


LOTS OF CANOEING Dan Wiley, 2011

Carolyn Cole, LA Times, 2011

Kevin Kerr, 2011


Meredith, 2007

PLAYING WITH WATER


TOUCHING WATER


www.dontflush.me

INSTALLING CSO SEWER FLOW METERS


PLAYING IN WATER


DIVING Mitsue Balan NY Times, 2079


INVOLUNTARY DIVING

Heather Leson, 2011

Katia Kelly, 2009


DUMPSTER DIVING Nathan Kensinger, 2009


RAFTING

Oceans of Blood, 2010


HOUSE BOATS Expedition Gowanus, 2011


GARDENING


MORE GARDENING Nicholas Tang, 2005


FARMING & EATING Krista Leahy, 2011


PLANTING GREEN ROOFS


KITE FLYING


PLAYING


LOTS OF PLAYING


FISHING


FISHING Lisanne, Found in Broiklyn, 2009


Jennifer Gardner, Pratt Gowanus Studio, 2011

OPEN AIR CLASS ROOM


UNDERSTANDING HOW THINGS WORK


EDUCATING Krista Leahy, Pratt Gowanus Studio, 2011


TALKING TO THE PEOPLE Katia Kelly, 2011

Stephen Nessen, WNYC, 2009

Ben Mouessig, Brooklyn Paper, 2009


BUILDING COMMUNITY


CHATTING Jamie Hagen, 2009


STREET FAIRS Sam Polcer, Mokksha, 2009


SWINGING Sam Polcer, Mokksha, 2009


Matthew Caron, 2011

SHOWING OUTDOOR MOVIES


MAKING MOVIES

HBO, Bored to Death TV Series, 2011


MAKING STREET & WATER ART


PAINTING SUBWAY ART


PAINTING

Nathan Kensinger, 2009


LOTS OF ARTISTS Gowanus Canal Conservancy, 2011


SINGING OPERAS Lily Frances, Carroll Gardens Patch, 2011


MOTORCYCLING

Oceans of Blood, 2010


David Shanks, Lowline Design Competition

EXTREME BIKING

( simulation – do not try this without Dredger’s backup )


EXTREME BIKING RETRIEVAL


URBAN EXPLORING Steve Duncan / Rebecca Perdue, 2011


READING


DOG WALKING Jamie Hagen, 2009


CLEANING


CLEANING ON WATER


BICYCLING TO SCHOOL


WALKING


EXPLORING


WHAT WILL BE OUR LEGACY ?


Krista Leahy, Pratt Gowanus Studio, 2011

Images available for download at www.proteusgowanus.org or by Googling “Hall of the Gowanus”


Gowanus Canal Current Recreational Uses Justifying a Better Water Quality Standard, 2012