Photo Gallery: Earth Day Celebration Becomes Workday for Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
April 25, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
Dredgers member Josh Prol and a volunteer return to the dock at 2nd Street near the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse with trash collected on the Gowanus Canal. Photo by Brad Vogel.
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club started in 1999 with a goal of building a constituency to push for cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. The group celebrated Earth Day this year with a Saturday full of activity. Thanks to special permission from the EPA, intrepid canoers were able to paddle the waters of the middle section of the Gowanus Canal to see signs of superfund cleanup progress. Friends of the Dredgers and volunteers from the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Metropolitan Chapter Young Professionals collected trash in and around the water. A team of scientists, led by Elizabeth Henaff (NYU Tandon School of Engineering) in collaboration with JJ Hastings (Weill Cornell Medicine), collected samples. Art students from NYU collected water to create bio plastics. The day wrapped up with Sea Shanty Saturday, a sing-along musical partnership of the Gowanus Dredgers and Porch Stomp. To learn more about the work of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, visit http://www.gowanuscanal.org/