This Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., Chris Swain is going for a swim… in the Gowanus Canal. Yes, a SWIM – from the 3rd. St. Bridge by Whole Foods, all the way to the Gowanus Bay.
This plan sounds like madness, and it’s hard not to see it as such. So why swim in dangerous muck?
Swain has been swimming and advocating for clean water since 1996. You may remember his 149-mile long Mohawk River mega-swim he successfully completed last year. His swims aim to raise public awareness of the need to support protection, restoration, and education efforts for troubled waterways.
Newsweek writes: “Chris is a clean water activist. (In 2004, Swain made headlines by swimming the entire 315-mile length of the Hudson River to bring attention to water quality issues.) For his dip in the Gowanus, Swain will be cloaked in a drysuit, gloves and boots. “Visualize a swimmer swathed in a combination of Hi-Visibility, Hazardous Materials, and Search and Rescue gear.”
Read more about the Gowanus swim from Newsweek here…