Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Research Update

Here is a video update about my research, including some preliminary survey results. Thanks to the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program for filming the presentations at their Citizen Science Workshop.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Creative Stormwater Management: Sponge Park Edition

It was announced earlier this Summer that the Gowanus Sponge Park, designed by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and dlandstudio, is going to happen! Construction should start next year and be completed in 2015. What is a “Sponge Park”? From what I can tell, “Sponge Park” is the way that creative people say “constructed wetland and bio-filtration system”. The word […]

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Know your Sewershed!

As my friends who’ve recently made the mistake of asking me  how my day is going already know- I am currently compiling data from a community survey that I’m distributing as part of my dissertation research. A few weeks ago, I sent the survey out to selected households in the geographic area that contributes to […]

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The Gowanus Has Gonorrhea!

This should not be a surprise to you if you’ve been keeping up with the local headlines, or perhaps the HBO series Bored to Death– which dedicated an entire episode to this pressing local issue. Every time the City’s combined sewage and stormwater system gets overwhelmed- raw sewage is released into the waters of NYC, so […]

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

When it rains, it drains (sewage, that is…)

The record setting rainfall we’ve had over the past few days has caused yet another round of combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Gowanus Canal. While out for a walk today, I took these shots of the sewage floating along. Images like this make it really hard for me to imagine why the City is […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Speaking at GEOS This Thursday!

Jessica Miller and I will be Speaking at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series at the CUNY Graduate Center this Thursday. We will be focusing on the history of the Gowanus Canal and competing visions for its future. Here is the announcement for the talk, hope to see you there!

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