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Cartoon Mascot Wanted for Gowanus Cleanup Effort

The group overseeing the EPA's cleanup of the toxic canal says a mascot will help the public to better understand their efforts.

The Gowanus Community Advisory Group, the organization that oversees the canal’s cleanup, wants to create a taxpayer-funded cartoon mascot to “demystify” the 10-year cleanup project, says the New York Post.

“The cleanup will be long, boring and probably disgusting, so we want to make sure people are aware of what’s going on in an easy and fun way,” Eymund Diegel, a GCAG member, told the Post.

According to the article, the Environmental Protection Agency has said they do not have any funds for the mascot project, and the city may be asked to foot the bill to create something like the Parks Department’s Pearl the Squirrel.

The four major candidates for the mascot role are, according to the Post:

  • Muck the Shark, which is based on a large shark found swimming in the canal in 1950, which was shot by cops by bystanders watched.
  • Gowanda the Seal, based on a harp seal rescued from the waterway in 2003 and nursed back to health.
  • Sludgie the Whale, based on a 12-foot minke whale that found itself trapped in the canal in 2007, and eventually died in the water.
  • GoGo the Muskrat, based on a rodent found building a nest with weed remnants of a floating garden in the canal, who environmentalists says is a sign that the canal is getting cleaner.
Teri April 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Change the muskrat's name to "Muck" and he has my vote. An animal who survived is surely a better symbol of hope and rejuvenation that one who dies in the sludge or was shot by cops!
Teri April 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Change the muskrat's name to "Muck" and he has my vote. An animal who survived is surely a better symbol of hope and rejuvenation that one who died in the sludge or was shot by cops!
Mina April 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This is my new favorite article on Patch.
NewYorkBuilt April 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Oh, come now! How uncreative! Why not name this unnecessary fictive on the most dangerous component of the Canal's pollution and it's nasty effects? Chrome the Bone Crusher. Stromium the Killer Whale. Canker the Big C...For Sesame Street afficianados. Who's Yer Daddy Dioxin.
Mykl April 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Just picturing the possibilities for Muck the Shark. "I'm Muck the Shark. I've been lost in the Canal for a looooooong time now. I've been noticing some real improvements lately! I love my community, but I'm scared of folks in uniform, and I'm always the first to a cleaning frenzy!"
Joe Moloney April 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is perfect.
rick sanchez April 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
zombie stroller the toxic public breast feeder
ChrisC April 11, 2012 at 08:24 PM
+1 A critter who chose to make the canal its home is a better mascot than one who got disoriented, wandered in and met an untimely doom.

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