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40°40'33"N 73°59'40"W
Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn’s beloved and bemoaned Gowanus Canal is known infamously for its greenish-brown, oily, smelly, and polluted water resulting from sewage and manufactured gas plants. The water in the canal is inhospitable to marine life (and may even be breeding new forms of life on its own!). Gowanus Canal was named a Superfund site in 2010 by the U.S. EPA, and an estimated $1.5 billion project is currently underway to dredge the canal of up to 20 feet of contaminated sediment that lines the bottom and cap the native sediment that lies underneath.

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