Dredging on Gowanus Canal Starts in 3 Years

NEW YORK (AP) -

The Superfund cleanup of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways — Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal — will begin in about three years with dredging of the sewage and chemical sludge, federal officials announced Monday.

The highly contaminated waterway will still not be safe for swimming or fishing but could someday be suitable for boating, officials said.

“More than 150 years of industrial waste, storm water runoff and sewer overflow turned the Gowanus Canal into one of the most extensively contaminated water bodies in the nation,” said Judith Enck, the EPA regional administrator.