Friday, April 9, 2010

The Gowanus Canal Wants You!


The Gowanus Canal Conservancy Clean and Green Program is a Volunteer based program that meets on Saturdays or Sundays from April to October from 11am to 2pm to clean and green the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The dates for 2010 are:
— Saturday April 24
— Sunday May 23
— Saturday June 26
— Sunday 25
— Saturday August 28
— Sunday September 26
— Saturday October 23

All volunteer efforts will help the NYC Parks Department’s GreenStreets areas and street ends thrive, while improving both the health and beauty of the Gowanus Canal. Volunteer tasks will include planting, weeding and picking up trash and debris. Locations TBD. Interested parties should email to sign up for location details.

The 2010 Clean and Green program will strengthen community gardening interests, improve the streetscape aesthetic, encourage social interaction, and celebrate the canal as a destination. The scale of the need was known last year at a Clean and Green event done in concert with the American Littoral Society, when in one five-hour period the volunteers collected 22 car parts, 84 bottles, 13 car batteries, and assorted other junk. The next month we also found evidence of organized illegal dumping, including a pile of air conditioners and a mound of 30 jugs of used cooking oil.

Pitch in, won't you?

Contact:Brett Wallace @ 646.289.2759 or @

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