Gowanus Canal Conservancy or GCC

November 26, 2010

As part of the effort to make the marshlands along the shore of western Brooklyn more usable, the Gowanus canal was constructed in 1848. The new canal fostered a thriving manufacturing and industrial district along it banks. Along with the occasional input of raw sewage from the canal’s CSOs this became the main source of pollution that we see in the canal today. After world war 2 the area slowly fell into decline with many of its buildings becoming neglected and abandoned. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is an independent environmental 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. It’s mission statement states that it strives to facilitate the restoration, preservation, and green development of the canal. They do this by creating volunteer based programs such as Clean & Green. This particular program focuses on clearing debris and rubbish from the street ends that meet the banks of the canal. The conservancy draws the majority of its volunteers from the surrounding communities of Redhook, Carrol Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus.¬† The conservancy also organizes public informational meetings to keep those in the surrounding communities informed of the current happenings and new developments involving the canal. The GCC also relies on monetary support from its community members. These range from smaller local artisan and craft businesses to larger entities such as the Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn college. All stand to benefit from the clean up and invigoration of the canal.

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