Just passing along this info. You know those pipes that appeared in the Gowanus a while back that later were submerged and are marked by those floating balls? Apparantly they have successfully added enough oxygen into the canal to sustain the temporary shutdown of the Flushing Tunnel. I hope so because the canal has been smelling and looking nastier than I have seen in years!
The Department of Environmental Protection is holding a press conference to announce that this is so. The community is welcome to attend and to hopefully find out more.
As per their email:
Community Notice: DEP Completes Key Milestone at the Gowanus Canal
Please join the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for a press conference on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at 213 Douglass Street, Brooklyn. There, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability Carter Strickland will announce the successful operation of the temporary Oxygenation System. This key milestone which will add oxygen to the Gowanus Canal during the planned shutdown of the Flushing Tunnel.
This work is being undertaken to support the $140 million Gowanus Facilities Upgrade, which will decrease the number of combined sewer overflows to the Gowanus Canal. The upgrade is scheduled for completion in summer 2013.
When: Monday at 10:30 AM
Where: 213 Douglass Street (near Nevins)