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Plants Clean Some of America’s Dirtiest Water
Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, known as one of the dirtiest waterways in America, a place where scientists sampling the water once found gonorrhea in the murk, is currently playing host to something a bit prettier.

A new “floating island” was launched recently in the canal in an attempt to clean the water. Landscape architect and urban designer Diana Balmori calls the project “GrowOnUS,” and the island includes 19 plant species living in metal culvert pipes filled with plastic bottles.

Fast Company reports the structure is layered with bamboo, woody plant material, water hyacinth rope, shredded plastic, coconut matting and oak cork. The structure should act as a sponge that will filter the water, distilling it and collecting it into a reservoir underneath.



 
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