For more than a century the Gowanus Canal in New York City has been the victim of extreme pollution. It’s notorious for being one of the most polluted waterways in all of the U.S., thanks to sewage runoff, waste disposal, and industrial pollution from gas plants, chemical plants and paper mills.
The situation is so dire, it earned Gowanus a spot on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of superfund sites – eligible for a $500 million cleanup plan that is to be completed by 2022. In the meantime, another smaller project is underway and it’s proving to be quite successful. The project is called GrowOnUs and it takes the form of a floating green oasis…
GrowOnUs, an experiment in floating infrastructure, is a garden made up of 30 different plant species that act as sponges to mitigate the chemicals in the water. The plants are grown inside metal culvert pipes and made …
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