Gallery: Sponge Park To Start Soaking Up Pollution From the Gowanus Can...

The 3.5 acre park would consist of a variety of remediation basins and filtration swales that would include different ecological systems, like marsh wetlands, shrub wetlands, and wet meadows. Each system is planted with native plants that naturally clean toxins from water. Plants sunflowers, pussy willows, and duckweed will process heavy metals, while beach rose, pond weed, and white clover can process PCBs. Dozens of other native species will complete the environment, creating a home for animals and birds and bringing life back to the Gowanus Canal.

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