After two months of investigating, researching and reporting, 8th grade students from Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies wrote investigative news articles about the Gowanus Canal. Each student chose their own angle and investigation to focus on. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy published one of the articles about coal tar contamination in the Canal: https://gowanuscanalconservancy.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/8th-graders-investigate-the-gowanus-canal/
For more information about the Gowanus Canal Expeditionary Thursday trip, click here: http://www.bcs448.org/2015/10/14/expeditionary-thursdays-fieldwork-lower-grades-108/
Coal tar has been polluting the canal since the 1800’s and will be dredged out of the Canal during the Superfund clean-up process. For more about the clean up, see Gowanus Superfund.