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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:12:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] "Forensic Hydrology at the Gowanus Canal, " Brooklyn, New York
Forensic Hydrology at the Gowanus Canal

New York Times
August 29, 2014

Several times each week, Eymund Diegel does something unthinkable to most
New Yorkers: He dips his bare hand in the Gowanus Canal.

Mr. Diegel, an environmental planner who may well be the foremost expert on
the hydrology of the Gowanus watershed, is fully aware of the toxicity of the
brackish, green-gray waters of the canal. The Gowanus, in Brooklyn, was declared
a Superfund site in 2010, marking it as one of the three most polluted locations in
New York City, along with Newtown Creek, on the Brooklyn-Queens border, and a
former thorium plant in Ridgewood, Queens.

Yet there was Mr. Diegel on a pleasant Thursday morning, paddling along in a
canoe, collecting samples from the 1.8-mile canal for analysis by the New York City
Water Trail Association. It should be noted that each of his hands has five fingers,
a normal hue and full function.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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