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Important Meeting on Repairing the West Pond

National Park Service to Hold Open House on the Status of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West Pond Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service (NPS) will provide an update on the project status for the West Pond Environmental Assessment on Jan. 22 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The project is in the early stages of the planning to address storm damage to Gateway National Recreation Area ‘s West Pond during Hurricane Sandy.

The NPS received public input during the initial June 30 – July 30, 2014, comment period. The update on project status for the West Pond Environmental Assessment will be provided at a Open House on Jan. 22.    The NPS invites everyone to learn more about proposed concept designs, ask questions and obtain information about West Pond.“The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of this project,” said Jennifer T. Nersesian, Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area.  “We have already benefited greatly from the knowledge and expertise of the many stakeholders and organizations with an interest in the Refuge.  We look forward to continue working with the public as this process moves forward.”

Open House:

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Gateway National Recreation Area
Thursday, January 22nd
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Located on Cross Bay Boulevard

More Information:

Please visit Gateway’s website at for additional project information.


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October 5 2014


     October 15, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

   Address and Travel Directions — HERE


6:30 to 6:40– Sign in, acknowledgement of Elected Officials,

                      Agencies and Organizations present

 6:40 to 7:00      NPS Update on West Pond

                     By Jen Nersesian, Superintendent, GNRA

7:00 to 7:20       Black Wall Island Planting Update

                         By D. Mundy, JBE & E. Manclarke, ALS

7:20 to 7:40       Marine Debris Removal in Jamaica Bay

                       By   ACOE  -Walter Scott

7:40 to 8:00        NYCDEP Oyster projects in Jamaica Bay

                      By John McLaughlin,  NYC DEP

8:00 to 8:20       Progress Report on the Science

                       and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay

There will be a brief Q & A after each session.

CO CHAIRS–  Dan Mundy & Don Riepe

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Protect Jamaica Bay -Call the Governor !!

I want to thank Assemblyman Goldfeder and State Senator Joe Addabbo for their efforts in passing Assembly bill A.2074A and Senate Bill S.3392A. This critical legislation will close the current loophole that exists that would have allowed the city to dump contaminated dredge material into the waters of Jamaica Bay. The “filling in of the Borrow Pits” of Jamaica Bay has been a battle that we have been fighting against for decades and it has recently emerged again as  NYC EDC ( Economic Development Corporation ) is actively working to open portions of the NY harbor that have not been used in years and which require dredging. If there was any question as to the legitimacy of this threat one had to look no further than the meeting held two weeks ago in Senator Addabbo’s office to discuss this. The presence of 10 representatives from the Mayor’s office , including the head of EDC’s marine division, who stated their opposition to this legislation, confirmed that this is a serious threat and one that will hopefully be averted thru this state legislation. The Bill has passed the state assembly and the state senate and we are hoping that the Governor will sign. If you are concerned about this please call the Governor at 518-474-8390 and tell his office that you want him to protect Jamaica Bay and sign bills A.2074 and S.3392

Dan Mundy

Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers





use the deep areas of the bay to place this fill which is to contaminated ( with PCB’s and Heavy metals) to be placed in the open waters of the ocean

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local theory on Cause of Salt Marsh is Confirmed !!


wetlands loss nitrogen

For over a decade the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers have put forth their theory that the high levels of nitrogen coming out of the waste treatment plants (over 50,000 lbs per day at its height) was the leading cause of salt marsh disappearance in Jamaica Bay. Scientific “experts” and agency personnel alike disagreed for years. Now with more and more scientific studies supporting this agencies like the NY State DEC are agreeing that we have been right all along. Just reinforces how critical it is to listen to local input from those who are out on the bay every day!! see the article below!!

Excessive nitrogen harming LI storm-buffering salt marshes, says DEC

Originally published: May 8, 2014 5:42 PM
Updated: May 8, 2014 8:18 PM

Excessive levels of nitrogen from wastewater, septic systems and other sources are increasingly harming Long Island salt marshes that provide protection from storm surges and flooding, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said yesterday.

In a new report, the DEC notes an “accelerated loss” of the coastal marshes over several decades.

The damage has been most significant on the South Shore and within Jamaica Bay, according to the report. In the Great South Bay, for example, the loss of marshes between 1974 and 2001 has been estimated at 18 percent to 36 percent.


While salt marshes are also threatened by development, wave erosion and other factors, the report singled out high nitrogen levels as causing the most harm.

Nitrogen from wastewater enriches the marshes to the point where they develop shallow roots and become unstable, keeping them from performing their natural function of reducing the strength of waves as they reach the shore, according to the report.

“The loss of tidal marshlands results in a direct reduction in coastal resiliency,” the report states.

The DEC recommends that New York State support an ocean outfall pipe at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway and sewer system extensions in Suffolk County as a way to reduce the nitrogen load on the South Shore.

The report warned that salt marsh restoration efforts will not be successful until nitrogen levels are reduced.

Both county executives on Long Island issued statements through the DEC backing nitrogen-reduction efforts. The report was released in advance of a series of meetings on Long Island water quality that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last month.The four meetings, the first of which is Monday, are designed to solicit recommendations on groundwater protection. An action plan is to be sent to the governor sometime in June.

Christopher Gobler, a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, said studies have shown that high levels of nitrogen weaken the salt marshes — a crucial storm buffer.

“We recognized during Sandy, some of the areas spared had some salt marshes,” Gobler said. “As we wait for the next storm, we want to make sure we have salt marshes for protection going forward.”

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