Tour Brooklyn Sewage—by Bicycle!

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Brooklyn’s sewage treatment has a rich and fragrant fascinating history, extending far beyond the Gowanus canal cleanup or Greenpoint’s famous “fart factory.” In the interest of educating the public, two people who don’t mind being described as “sewage enthusiasts,” Matt Malina and Adam Schwartz, will lead a 19-mile bike tour of Brooklyn’s sewage management systems.

The Brooklyn Sewage Bike Tour is organized by NYC H2O, a nonprofit organization focusing on New York City’s water and ecology, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. The tour will set out from the 26th Ward Sewage Treatment Facility in East New York and from there hit two more sewage plants, one storm-water retention facility, and a combined sewage overflow (CSO) outflow point. This is nowhere near the total number of waste and water treatment plants in the borough, but will likely be more than enough for one Saturday.

Tickets are available online for $25, with a discount for educators and students.

Follow John Sherman on Twitter @_john_sherman.

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