An environmental activist named Christopher Swain plans to swim the length of Brooklyn’s heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, as an Earth Day protest/stunt/event. Reporter Noah Hurowitz of the Brooklyn Paper is on the scene, and the scene is gross*:
The Gowanus was once lined with pollutant-spewing factories in what’s now become a largely residential neighborhood. Some of the substances found in the canal have included oysters contaminated with lead, “fluorescent white gauze,” and gonorrhea.
*Correction, April 22, 2015: This post originally misspelled Noah Hurowitz’s last name.