Low Tide On The Gowanus Canal
While we discovered some birdhouses along the banks of the Gowanus Canal, the tide was low, uncovering more secrets, including a Victorian birdcage, a few tires, bottles, an air conditioner and some other stuff that was beyond recognition. The interesting thing was that everything was some sort of shade, even the silty bottom of the Canal.
And while we're glad to see birds, ducks, fish and even Sludgie surviving in the Gowanus Canal, its sad to see this much crap in this historic waterway. We assume most of the big stuff was dumped in there, but most of the smaller stuff enters the canal via the storm drains. When it rains really hard, all of the junk that my neighbors toss into the street, including those McDonalds meals, soda bottles, cigarette butts, lottery tickets and candy wrappers end up in a storm drain and that stuff -- at least the trash in my neighborhood -- ends up overflowing into the Canal and then out to sea.