Gallery: Gowanus Canal in NYC Gets an Oxygen Breathing Pipe System


The Gowanus Canal in New York City is one of the most polluted waterways in the country. It was long used as an industrial dumping ground for the factories that line its sides. Now the canal is a Superfund site — a site designated by the EPA as being harmful to the people and environment it borders — and it’s undergoing a $140 million, four-year cleanup. Recently a long mysterious black pipe appeared in the canal and it’s purpose has now been explained — it’s an oxygenation pipe that is literally breathing life back into the waterway as one of the first steps in its recovery.

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