Deborah Masters, Jackie Brookner, and Kate Zidar are about as unassuming a trio as anyone could imagine. But the three are committed to getting the Gowanus cleaned and their plan involves rain water filtering biosculptures on N. Henry Street in Greenpoint. Their passion is palpable, their energy is enigmatic, and their cause is just. These three want to help clean up the Gowanus and that is something which everyone in Brooklyn and New York City can get behind.
As reported in Brooklyn Paper (1) the team submitted their proposal to the City Parks Foundation and it’s quite simple. They want to transform “the end of N. Henry Street into a wetland park designed to soak up and filter storm water before it is released into Newton Creek.”
How do they plan to create a wetland park? Eggs.
“The focal point of the ‘sponge’ park would be three green mounds that resemble the large ‘digester eggs’ that are the main design element of the adjacent sewage treatment plant.”
This plan has drawn so much interest since the area where they are looking received Superfund designation recently. One of the reasons for this designation is “because raw sewage spills into the canal when the sewer system gets overwhelmed during rainy days.” So if this water is treated then that would be a good thing.
The water in the Gowanus won’t be finding its way to your table anytime soon but maybe one day the canal can support life again.