After Complaints From Red Hook, Contaminated Sludge From Gowanus Canal Will Not Become Glorious Sludge Island
In 10 years or so, the fragrant banks of the Gowanus Canal may smell less like supercharged sewage, while the waters might lose their pus-addled-Ninja-Turtle hue. The Environmental Protection Agency announced its final plans yesterday to clean up the canal, a process that's expected to take around a decade and cost $506 million. As part of the cleanup, hundreds of thousands of pounds of black, sludgy contaminated sediment will have to be dredged up and put someplace else.
Photo by Anna Merlan Do not ever swim in here.
But after complaints from Red Hook residents, a plan to put the sludge over there has been scrapped. That dashes the hopes of controversial developer John Quadrozzi Jr., who once dreamed of turning some of that sludge into a giant new landmass. It's a weird story.More »