Gowanus Canal Pollution: Photos By William Miller Show Devastating Beauty Of Toxic Channel

06/08/2013 05:02 pm ET

Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal is one of the "most extensively contaminated" waterways in America, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now, the channel's toxicity is being highlighted in a more artistic light. Photographer William Miller has released some stunning images of the the Gowanus Canal, a runoff point for billions of gallons of wastewater and sewage from metropolitan New York City (and, for a time, a dead dolphin). Miller, a native New Yorker, shot the photos in 2011.

The EPA's plans to dredge and clean up the 1.8-mile canal could cost upwards of $500 million, and may take until 2020, according to a New York Times report.

Take a look at some of Miller's haunting photos below.

All photos courtesy of William Miller Photography.

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