River of Milky Jade

gowanusSigns of life in the Superfund Gowanus, which has a weird milky jade color (and, oy, the stink!) this time of year.

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5 Responses to “River of Milky Jade”


  1. 1 Jmrudder August 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Fundulus heteroclitus.

    • 2 mthew August 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Thanks! Looking them up I see they’re known for having high tolerance for variable salinity, low oxygen, and polluted waters.

  2. 3 Jmrudder August 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Yes, a real workhorse of the aqueous Anthropocene.

    I also saw some recently in the DEP outflows which empty into the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, along with pumpkinseed sunfish.

    Very abundant in Jamaica Bay and the Fresh Kills complex. Whether they are more or less abundant than they were pre-Anthropocene is I believe being investigated.

  3. 5 Jmrudder August 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I’m confident in the the northern snakehead’s chances vis-a-vis an acid ocean and and an oiled coastline and…


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