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It’s Going to Cost Half a Billion Dollars to Clean the Gowanus Canal

A boat navigates down the polluted Gowanus Canal on March 2, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

People won’t stop fishing in the extremely polluted Gowanus Canal, so the EPA, sensing a public health hazard, made it a superfund site. And on Thursday, the agency announced it was going to cost $467 million to $504 million to clean it up. It’s going to take until 2020 and will require dredging the whole canal, where heavy metals line the bottom and sewage still flows. A massive project, to be sure, but it should hopefully pay off in a better-smelling neighborhood with fewer toxic fish in circulation.

Gowanus Cleanup Estimated at Half a Billion