barge– a flat bottomed boat, built to serve as a mobile logistics platform for moving materials or heavy equipment along rivers and canals; many barges are not self-propelled and need to be tugged or pushed.

bulkhead– a retaining wall meant to define and reinforce the separation between water and land, made of concrete, stone, treated wood, and steel, they are typically line the banks of urban canals.

canal– a constructed water channel; can be of three types- irrigation, drainage and navigation; see canal page.

canalization– a method for making canals which involves regulating, widening or deepening an already existing waterway; for example, straightening a small river.

channelization- a method for canal making invollving cutting a new channel for water where one did not previously exist; this is often done to shorten a navegation route, or to avert a troublesome spot.

contamination- any impurity in a given material that is undesirable; can be toxic, such as lead, or may refer to impurities in a production process, such making steel, or brewing beer.

combined sewer overflow outlet (cso)- in many american ciities household waste and stormwater runoff pour into the same sewer lines which go to sewage treatment plants; rain events often pour too much water in to the system for the plant to handle; in this case, the raw sewage pours through a CSO, usually into a river, harbor, or old industrial canal.

dredging- an excavation activity that occurs underwater; usually entails scraping or sucking sediments from the bottom and depositing them elsewhere; is used to maintain navigable channels, build islands or replenish beaches.

ecology- the associations and relationships between any set of actors and agents

excavation- the mechanical action of digging into the earth

industrial- pertaining to productive labor, this term especially signifies the productive mechanical operations that enabled the modern industrial revolution;

industrialization- a scalar jump in industrial operations enabled by the quick and inexpensive movement of bulk materials.

independence- american independence assumes a post-colonial situation of extractive landscapes, europhilia, and a retardation of industrial development.

operations- power to operate or produce effects; efficacy, force. A particular form or kind of activity; an active process: the discharge of a function.

pilings- a type of deep foundation, long poles or sheets of material with high tensile strength- usually wood, steel or reinforced concrete- are driven deep into the ground to provide lateral stability to a construction

pollution- any undesirable, non-human agent in a given environment, usually present in excess; for instance light, smoke, heavy metals, oil can all be considered pollution ; often only tangentially related factually toxic situations, this terms pertains more to perception and political relations among inhabitants

toxic- the quality of a substance that make it immediately harmful to the health of living organisms

vacancy- an empty place pregnant with latent histories and potentials; the opposite of the urban void (which is a ridiculous notion)


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