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NEW YORK CITY ACTIVATES GOWANUS CANAL FLUSHING TUNNEL
With the push of a button, fresh water flowed into Brooklyn’s historic Gowanus Canal for the first time in 40 years, as Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr. reactivated the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel on May 3, 1999. “The activation of the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel has been a high priority for this administration,” Commissioner Miele said during a ceremony at the Butler Street station on the canal. “It is consistent with Mayor Giuliani’s efforts to improve both the quality of life for all New Yorkers and the economic climate throughout the city. “I am proud that we have been able to develop this innovative pumping system that will not only improve water quality in the Canal and help return it to a living waterway for both recreational and industrial use, but will also contribute to the long-awaited resurgence of the surrounding Carroll Gardens community,” Commissioner Miele added.

The opening of the Flushing Tunnel has been long awaited by local residents. At the ceremony, the Web site southbrooklyn.net/gowanus was featured, along with The South Brooklyn Network (http://www.southbrooklyn.net).
Mark D. Phillips, producer of both websites, gave demonstrations and displayed four pieces from his exhibit, “Gowanus Canal: A Photographic Journey,” currently on display at the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) Click Here to view his photos online.

 

 

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