Well we certainly have a new urban legend on our hands. Gothamist published a video that appears to show a man in a red flannel shirt who caught what appears to be a three-eyed catfish — apparently having used cheese bread for bait — from the Gowanus Canal. Many news outlets are running with the story.
Right now, the start date of the cleanup of the toxic canal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in question as the city and the federal government battle over where to place massive sewage retention tanks that will hold raw sewage during big rains, so that the sewage doesn’t continually pollute the canal. The feds want the city to put the sewage holding tanks on the site of the Douglas Degraw swimming pool — which by the way sits on top of one of the most polluted sites along the canal — while the city is balking, because it does not want the pool to move.
Either way, it could be a good while before we see the feds put their massive dredging equipment to work in the murky waters.
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