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*:
Nicole Butterfield, part of Swain's safety team, patiently waits in her kayak. Says fumes have her eyes watering pic.twitter.com/bVsSzheiLh— Noah Hurowitz (@NoahHurowitz) April 22, 2015
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.