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What are those balls in the Gowanus Canal?

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There’s something floating atop the notoriously polluted Gowanus Canal — and it’s actually a good thing!

The Department of Environmental Protection said that those new red and white buoys dancing on the greasy waterway’s surface are a colorful warning for vessels not to damage newly installed pipes that are suspended underneath, part of a multi-million initiative to improve water quality and reduce the canal’s trademark stink by mixing oxygen with canal water.

The temporary system will oxygenate the water during the $50-million rehabilitation of an existing flushing tunnel and a $85-million upgrade of the wastewater pumping station, both of which will be done by 2013.

During those upgrades, the flushing tunnel will be turned off, necessitating the aeration piping.

The temporary system will be up and running in August, the city said. The work is proceeding independently of a federally led Superfund clean-up of the canal.

Updated 11:41 pm, June 8, 2010: Updated to fix an idiotic editing error.
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al pankin from downtown says:
it's going to be so good that the city could have a swimming race from one end of the canal to the other, whoever lives at the end of the swim, wins.
June 8, 2010, 12:55 pm
gowanee from gowanus says:
It's gonna smell real good there this summer! Glad I'll be away.
June 11, 2010, 11:40 am

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