Clean-water activist to swim toxic #Gowanus Canal for awareness – @SwimWithSwain #EarthDay #NoPlaceLikeHome

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For Earth Day today, clean-water activist Christopher Swain will swim through the dirty, toxic, disgusting, disease-ridden Gowanus Canal in New York City. More info here!

Swain announced today that he will hop into the Canal on April 22 covered from head to toe in protective gear to keep his skin, mouth, eyes, and ears free of the murky waters that famously hides victims of the mob, is covered with oil, laced with heavy metals, flooded with millions of gallons of raw sewage every year, and even has gonorrhea.

The Canal is also home to schools of Coney Island Whitefish as well as a 10-to-15-foot base of mercury-laden “black mayonnaise,” and despite the fact that things have gotten less smelly since a flushing tunnel began pumping oxygen-laden water into it back in 1999, the federal cleanup is still more than a decade from completion.

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