Salt Lot

We moved to a new temporary location! We are now located at: 25 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, right next to the F/G train Smith-9th Street station and the 9th Street Bridge.

Read on for more about our previous work at the Salt Lot and plans for its future:

The Salt Lot peninsula is home to GCC’s stewardship and education programs, the Lowlands Nursery, Big Reuse compost operations, over 280 species of plants and animals, six industrial businesses, and over 90 jobs!

As part of the Superfund clean-up, the Salt Lot is slated for a CSO detention tank and new bulkheads and is currently undergoing a land use review process, with construction slated to begin as early as January. This project will impact the work of GCC, Big Reuse, DSNY, and six industrial businesses along the Canal.

On November 10, 2021, City Council unanimously approved the Gowanus Rezoning in Land Use Committee following community consensus on the Point of Agreement, which includes a number of commitments to ensure an inclusive, resilient plan for the Gowanus neighborhood, waterfront, and beyond. One of these commitments includes Long-Term Open Space, Ecosystem Restoration, and Community Stewardship at the Salt Lot.

The City has committed to ensuring that GCC has a temporary location during construction and a long-term home at the Gowanus Salt Lot, as well as committed to creating open space, ecosystem restoration, and potential boat access on site, informed by a community engagement process. We’ve now moved to our temporary location at 25 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, right next to the F/G train Smith-9th Street station and the 9th Street Bridge.

With these commitments in place, the Salt Lot site has potential to serve both the community and the ecosystem for generations to come. Please sign, comment, and share this petition to show your support!

Feel free to refer to this document for additional background information.

Take a tour of the Salt Lot with GCC Staff and learn all about the hub for our stewardship, education, and nursery work:

The City Planning Commission Hearing on the Gowanus Canal CSO Facility was held on August 18, 2021. Hear directly from GCC staff below:

The eco-industrial heart of Gowanus, the Salt Lot is the hub of Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s stewardship and education programs, located on a shared facility with a DSNY salt shed. The site saw a major overhaul in 2016-2017 thanks to a collaboration between Gowanus Canal Conservancy, DSNY, and NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse and funding from District 39 participatory budgeting. The Salt Lot now hosts an NYC Compost Project facility with an estimated annual throughput of up to 150 tons of organic material. It is also home to Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s plant nursery, demonstration gardens, a rainwater harvesting system, and a multi-purpose outdoor classroom for stewards of all ages.

Read More

October 15, 2021: Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning & Gowanus Canal CSO Facility Comments

September 17, 2021: GCC Comments on Gowanus Canal CSO Facility – Owls Head

June 24, 2021: Salt Lot ULURP CB6 Comments

December 14, 2020: Salt Lot Memo Re: OH-007 CSO Facility

Partners and Sponsors

NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse
NYC Council Member Brad Lander