The Gowanus Dredgers
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Our organization promotes the stewardship of our waterfront and is building awareness regarding sewer overflow issues that affect the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. Activities are conducted on the canal and shoreline, with occasional voyages to neighboring waterfront communities of Red Hook, Sunset Park and Brooklyn Heights.

The Dredgers need enthusiastic volunteers who love the sport of canoeing, the Gowanus neighborhood, or just generally care about supporting the environment and revitalization of New York Harbor. Volunteers need to be independent self-starters and our leadership will help you build and expand your inherent talents. Past volunteers would help with outreach, volunteer for specific events and serve as guide assistants on our tours. You will learn of the neighborhoods rich history so you may answer basic questions and greet guests. You may be asked to help with a few other tasks depending on the event or activity.

Since 1999 the Dredgers have empowered people to care for the Gowanus Canal through advocacy, conservation, and education. We encourage an understanding of the NY-NJ harbor as a resource for recreation and education as well as a waterway for commuters, tourists and goods. This past season, we logged over 2,000 voyages on the Gowanus Canal with over 1,000 individuals, including more than 200 youth, participating in our programs! As people experience and enjoy our waterfront they become advocates for its revitalization. Our advocacy efforts are proving to be fruitful as recent legislation has provided funding primarily due to the rise in popularity of paddling on the Gowanus Canal.

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