We are excited to announce the upcoming workshop focusing on Phytoremediation Systems!  You are invited!

Phytoremediation is the use of plants to pull pollutants from the environment and render them harmless. In polluted bodies of water, gardens of water plants can be attached to buoyant structures, thus creating ‘floating restoration devices’.

Scott Kellog, co-founder of Albany’s Radix Ecological Sustainability Center (www.radixcenter.org) and co-author of the book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide, will lead a workshop that introduces basic concepts in phytoremediation, and some of the techniques for applying these concepts to the remediation of polluted water (living machines, constructed wetlands, etc). After an introduction, participants will be lead in the construction of a mini ‘floating trash island’. Made out of construction debris and old soda bottles, the island will be planted with wetland plants, and then given the ultimate challenge; an inaugural float on the infamous Lavender Lake (aka Gowanus Canal).

When: Saturday, September 11, 1 – 3pm

Where: Gowanus, Brooklyn (exact location to be disclosed with RSVP)

How to register: pre-registration is required! RSVP to expeditiongowanus@gmail.com. Sliding scale donations accepted at the door, suggested $7.

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