Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

Unless otherwise noted, canoeing events depart from 19th St. off of 3rd Ave. Walking tours start from different locations and bicycle tours depart from Brooklyn Borough Hall.  Other events occur inside or outside our boathouse, at 165 2nd St. / off Bond St.

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Let’s Restore the Gowanus Canal Together: Understanding the Natural Resource Damages Assessment Plan, Part Two

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Commonly referred to as NRDA, the Natural Resource Damages Assessment is an important piece of the Gowanus Canal Superfund project that will help restore fish, wildlife, habitat and human uses of the canal that were lost to both industrial pollution and the more recent remediation work.

The group of federal agency representatives that will oversee this process recently released a draft of the plan (PDF) for how they will determine what impacts have occurred, the economic value of those loses (a.k.a. damages), and what restoration or enhancement projects will receive funding from the pool of money collected as a result. Now, they want to hear feedback from the community on this proposed plan through a public comment process.

The public comment period has been extended and is now due June 14. It’s just the first of many steps along the way to a canal that has more wildlife, more habitat and more boating and fishing access (we hope). You can help!

These sessions, hosted by local journalists Lillian Ruiz and Celeste LeCompte, are meant to help Dredgers (and other Gowanus neighbors who want to join) better understand the NRDA process, dig into the current draft plan, and equip ourselves to provide effective input on the process. At this session, we’ll be helping YOU craft comments to submit.

No experience or prior knowledge is needed, and all levels of familiarity with the Canal and the cleanup are welcome.

This is part two, you can review part one here.



May 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club Boathouse
165 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
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