Salt Lot

We need your help advocating for the Salt Lot peninsula, 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 next January. This project will impact the work of GCC, Big Reuse, DSNY, and six industrial businesses along the Canal.

While we support this critical infrastructure for a cleaner canal, we need your help in requesting that the City commits to the following:

1. Effective and regular communication with site occupants
2. Support for relocation for existing occupants
3. A long-term design that keeps the Salt Lot the eco-industrial heart of Gowanus

With these commitments in place, the 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.

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