Diving in the Gowanus Canal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

John D’Aquino tells us about putting on a head-to-toe Hazmat dry diving suit last week and jumping into the Gowanus Canal, one of the country’s most polluted waterways. He’ll explain why he did it and what he found at the bottom of New York City’s notorious superfund site. He's joined by commercial diver Lenny Speregen.


John D’Aquino and Lenny Speregen

Comments [7]

jf from brlkn

the Environmental Pprotection Agency does not protect the environment, They live ip to their name in no way. They make token acts against the smallest individuals and let the corporations, and city agencies destroy the earth in every way imaginable.

Feb. 01 2014 08:59 AM
Lenny from Brooklyn

While the mud is highly toxic and petroleum distolates are leaking into the canal, the water from the flushing tunnel brings marine life into the canal from the upper bay.

Jan. 30 2014 11:04 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm guessing the birds must be eating whatever lives in the Gowanus--can't be healthy for them.

Jan. 30 2014 01:58 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

There are crabs in the canal.

A seal wandered there by accident.

The Gowanus Creek was once a source of prized, very large, really huge oysters.

Jan. 30 2014 01:56 PM
John from Brooklyn

I've seen schools of what look like minnows while walking over the Carroll St. bridge. How is it possible for this to be a hospitable habitat?

Jan. 30 2014 01:54 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Did you see the three-eyed fish from the Simpsons down there?

Jan. 30 2014 01:52 PM
Lena from UES

What did the water taste like???? Did it burn his eyes?

Jan. 30 2014 01:48 PM

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