Whether it's from oil spills or pesticide run-off, it's clear that water quality in America and around the world is suffering. Some experts think oysters are the answer.
The U.S. EPA just completed its study of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, N.Y. The investigation confirmed the widespread presence of numerous contaminants in the water, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and various metals, including mercury, lead and copper.
“The findings of the investigation of the Gowanus Canal confirmed that contamination of the urban waterway is widespread and may threaten people’s health, particularly if they eat fish or crabs from the canal or have repeated contact with the canal water or sediment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
Yuck. You're probably wondering where the oysters come in, right? (Don't worry, we're not going to suggest you eat the ones growing in the Canal).
In the below TED video, landscape architect Kate Orff discusses her plans to use "oyster-tecture" in the Canal as a way to filter pollution and create habitats for other species.