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How the New President Can Fulfill His Pledge to Improve Airports

Sun Nov 20 00:00:00 EST 2016

Crain's New York reports on improving New York area airports, an issue heavily-supported by president-elect Donald Trump. View the Article.

See: How the New President Can Fulfill His Pledge to Improve Airports


Jamaica Bay Oyster Beds Taking Shape Thanks to Recycled Toilets

Tue Sep 06 00:00:00 EDT 2016

NY1 reports on the usage of porcelain from recycled toilets by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) in setting up oyster beds in Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay Oyster Beds Taking Shape Thanks to Recycled Toilets


City Turns Vacant Broad Channel Lots into Parkland

Tue Aug 23 00:00:00 EDT 2016

NY1 reports on New York City's decision to transfer 5 vacant wetland lots in Broad Channel from the Department of Citywide Administration Services (DCAS) to Parks and Recreation. View the Article.

See: City Turns Vacant Broad Channel Lots into Parkland


Urban Escape: Ride a Subway to New York City's National Park

Sat Aug 20 00:00:00 EDT 2016

NBC reports on the ability to travel to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge via subway. View the Article.

See: Urban Escape: Ride a Subway to New York City's National Park


Jamaica Bay Looks Primed for a Greener, Cleaner Future

Thu Jul 21 00:00:00 EDT 2016

Times Ledger reports that the future of Jamaica Bay is looking brighter as water quality is improving. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay Looks Primed for a Greener, Cleaner Future


Sweeping Environmental Protectons for Jamaica Bay

Wed Jun 22 00:00:00 EDT 2016

Queens Gazette reports on work done by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Broad Channel) and state Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Broad Channel) to secure a five-year extension to landmark legislation preventing the dumping of toxic materials into Jamaica Bay. View the Article, The Forum Article.

See: Sweeping Environmental Protectons for Jamaica Bay


Promoting Environmental Awareness Among Practicing Hindus

Tue Nov 17 00:00:00 EST 2015

The New York Times reports on a Hindu group leading an effort to spread environmental awareness and best practices among fellow believers. View the Article.

See: Promoting Environmental Awareness Among Practicing Hindus


Dead Horse Bay: New York's Hidden Treasure Trove of Trash

Thu Oct 22 00:00:00 EDT 2015

ABC News reports on the the dark history and perilous future of one of New York City's most polluted and mysterious sites. View the Video.

See: Dead Horse Bay: New York's Hidden Treasure Trove of Trash


The Battle Starts: Port Ambrose LNG Environmental Impact Statement Released

Wed Oct 14 00:00:00 EDT 2015

The Atlantic Highlands Herald reports on the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Port Ambrose project where Liberty Natural Gas is proposing to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility off the shores of Long Island and New Jersey. View the Article, USCG Docket page.

See: The Battle Starts: Port Ambrose LNG Environmental Impact Statement Released


Pilot Program Aims to Save Jamaica Bay's Shrinking Marshes

Wed Oct 14 00:00:00 EDT 2015

The New York Times reports on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) wave attenuator "floating wetlands" project aiming to slow down waves and minimize erosion to marshland along the Rockaways. View the Article.

See: Pilot Program Aims to Save Jamaica Bay's Shrinking Marshes


NPS Proposes to Fix West Pond Breach

Thu Oct 08 00:00:00 EDT 2015

Queens Chronicle reports on the decision by the National Park Service (NPS) to fix the West Pond breach and repair the loop path stemming from Hurricane Sandy. An Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for review with comments due by November 6th, along with an Open House on Thursday October 22nd at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. View the Article.

See: NPS Proposes to Fix West Pond Breach


Final Review Begins for Proposed Port Ambrose Gas Project

Wed Oct 07 00:00:00 EDT 2015

PoliticoNew York NY1 reports on the FINAL review of the Port Ambrose project, an offshore liquefied natural gas plant that would be located 20 miles south of Long Island and 30 miles east of New Jersey. View the Article.

See: Final Review Begins for Proposed Port Ambrose Gas Project


DEP Launches Pilot Program to Save Jamaica Bay

Sat Sep 19 00:00:00 EDT 2015

NY1 reports on a 2-year New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) project where 5 mini-islands called "wave attenuators" have been installed off Brant Point in Arverne acting as a buffer between the water and the wetlands. View the Article.

See: DEP Launches Pilot Program to Save Jamaica Bay


Coastal Advocates Urge Cuomo to Sink Port Ambrose LNG Project

Fri Aug 21 00:00:00 EDT 2015

The Indypendent reports on a rally at Rockaway Beach to protest the Port Ambrose Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility currently being proposed. View the Article.

See: Coastal Advocates Urge Cuomo to Sink Port Ambrose LNG Project


Schumer Urges DOI to Fund Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse Renovation and West Pond Restoration

Mon May 18 00:00:00 EDT 2015

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) is seeking federal funding from the Department of Interior (DOI) to improve the Gateway National Recreation Area by renovating the iconic Jacob Riis Bathhouse and restoring the West Pond. View the Press Release.

See: Schumer Urges DOI to Fund Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse Renovation and West Pond Restoration


Former Jamaica Bay Task Force Leader Eugenia Flatow Passes Away at the Age of 93

Sun Mar 08 00:00:00 EST 2015

The New York Times reports on the passing of citizen advocate and former Jamaica Bay Task Force leader Eugenia Flatow at the age of 93. View the Article.

See: Former Jamaica Bay Task Force Leader Eugenia Flatow Passes Away at the Age of 93


Bad Gas

Sun Dec 21 00:00:00 EST 2014

The Wave reports on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port being built by Liberty Natural Gas LLC called the Port Ambrose Project, 22 miles south of the Rockaway peninsula. View the Article.

See: Bad Gas


Adam Parris Named Executive Director of Science and Resilience Institute (SRI) at Jamaica Bay

Thu Dec 18 00:00:00 EST 2014

Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy reports that former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate and Service division chief Adam Parris has been named Executive Director of the Science and Resilience Institute (SRI) at Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Adam Parris Named Executive Director of Science and Resilience Institute (SRI) at Jamaica Bay


Jamaica Bay Offers Ocean of Knowledge for New York City's STEM Students

Mon Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2014

The New York Daily News reports on Jamaica Bay’s potential in helping students understand concepts as complex as climate change as seen by Dr. John Waldman of CUNY at Queens College. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay Offers Ocean of Knowledge for New York City's STEM Students


Talking Trash in Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary

Fri Dec 12 00:00:00 EST 2014

AbandonedNYC reports on this Rockaway Pennisula where garbage, boats, and driftwood have been piling up. View the Article.

See: Talking Trash in Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary


Fighting for the Place He Calls Home

Wed Nov 12 00:00:00 EST 2014

Queens Chronicle reports on the crises Broad Channel residents have faced through the years as seen by Dan Mundy Sr. of the Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers. View the Article.

See: Fighting for the Place He Calls Home


A Turtle Mystery in Jamaica Bay

Thu Oct 30 00:00:00 EDT 2014

Capital reports findings by Russel Burke of Hofstra University indicate a likely decline in the diamondback terrapin population in the coming years. View the Article.

See: A Turtle Mystery in Jamaica Bay


Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Awarded $3.6 Million to Support Research on Resilience in Urban Coastal Ecosystems

Mon Sep 15 00:00:00 EDT 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) reports the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI), a research consortium led by the City University of New York (CUNY), has been awarded $3.6 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Funding to support research projects that will advance knowledge of resilience in urban coastal ecosystems. View the NPS Webpage.

See: Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Awarded $3.6 Million to Support Research on Resilience in Urban Coastal Ecosystems


Suit Says Owl Killings at Kennedy Airport Were Excessive

Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014

The New York Times reports on a lawsuit brought by the animal-rights group Friends of Animals is seeking to change policies of the federal agencies that oversee bird removal at John F. Kennedy airport. View the Webpage.

See: Suit Says Owl Killings at Kennedy Airport Were Excessive


Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Awarded $7.7 Million

Fri Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the first round of NY CUNY 2020 awards, providing $55 million to fund eight innovative projects, with 7.7 million going to the construction of a research building and vessel at the Science and Resilience Institute (SRI) at Jamaica Bay. View the Webpage.

See: Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Awarded $7.7 Million


Governor's Office of Storm Recovery Announces Support for Sunset Cove Restoration Project

Wed Jul 16 00:00:00 EDT 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) announces the committment of $500,000 in federal funds to be applied to the Broad Channel New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Planning Committee’s Sunset Cove Restoration Project. View the Webpage.

See: Governor's Office of Storm Recovery Announces Support for Sunset Cove Restoration Project


Studying What Lures Turtles to a Tarmac at Kennedy Airport

Thu Jul 03 00:00:00 EDT 2014

The New York Times reports on the driving mechanisms behind diamondback terrapins crossing runway 4L at John F. Kennedy International Airport. View the Article.

See: Studying What Lures Turtles to a Tarmac at Kennedy Airport


A Massive Rockaway Gas Pipeline Is Being Built Right Under Our Beaches

Thu Jun 19 00:00:00 EDT 2014

Gothamist reports the Rockaway Lateral Project is in full swing, with drilling paving the way for a high-pressure fracked-gas transmission pipeline right under the beach. View the Article.

See: A Massive Rockaway Gas Pipeline Is Being Built Right Under Our Beaches


Federal Grant Will Help Turn an Old Broad Channel Marina into a Sunset Cove

Mon Jun 16 00:00:00 EDT 2014

The New York Daily News reports the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has appropriated federal grant money to help minimize storm damage for several sites on the East Coast including Sunset Cove in the Broad Channel area of Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Federal Grant Will Help Turn an Old Broad Channel Marina into a Sunset Cove


Jamaica Bay Lives Website goes LIVE!

Tue Jun 10 00:00:00 EDT 2014

Jamaica Bay Lives is the first-ever feature documentary about Jamaica Bay and the people who call it home. View the Website.

See: Jamaica Bay Lives Website goes LIVE!


To Save the Shore, Putting Hope in the Sand

Tue May 20 00:00:00 EDT 2014

The New York Times reports volunteers planting 65,000 culms (stems) of beach grass in the Rockaways. View the Article.

See: To Save the Shore, Putting Hope in the Sand


"Camp Rockaway" Seeks Donations To Build Wes Andersonian Tent Village

Tue May 20 00:00:00 EDT 2014

Gothamist reports on an effort to raise funds to build a tent village on the beach in the Rockaways. View the Article.

See: "Camp Rockaway" Seeks Donations To Build Wes Andersonian Tent Village


1,600 Protected Birds Shot by JFK Contractors in Five Years, Records Show

Thu May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2014

DNAinfo New York reports nearly 26,000 birds have been shot at John F. Kennedy International Airport over the past 5 years, including more than 1,600 protected birds the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was not granted permission to kill. View the Article.

See: 1,600 Protected Birds Shot by JFK Contractors in Five Years, Records Show


Mark Becker’s Life and Work Celebrated and Student Scholarship Fund Announced

Thu Mar 27 00:00:00 EDT 2014

More than 300 friends, colleagues, students, and family members gathered at the Dolce Palisades Conference Center in Palisades, New York, March 23 for a memorial service and celebration of the life of Mark Becker, CIESIN associate director for Geospatial Applications who died in a multi-vehicle accident February 26 at the age of 53. The event highlighted Becker′s efforts over three decades to protect the watershed in northern New Jersey through the Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network (Bergen SWAN), which he co-founded with his partner of 30 years, Lori Charkey. CIESIN director Robert Chen chronicled Becker′s many professional accomplishments in 15 years at CIESIN, including collaborations across Columbia University and major contributions to a diverse set of research activities. Other speakers included CIESIN colleagues Kytt MacManus and Jim Carcone, who spoke of their colleague′s unique ability as a mentor for both students and staff and his significant impact on many lives and on the environment. The service incorporated stories and readings by friends and family, a video of Becker playing guitar with his grand-nephew, and remembrances of his love of music, water, plants, chimes, and stones. The public memorial was followed by a private reception at Columbia’s Lamont campus.

A student scholarship fund in honor of Mark Becker has been established at the Earth Institute. The fund will be used to support student training and education in geospatial methods and technologies. Becker′s family has also suggested donations in his memory to Bergen SWAN or to other charitable organizations.

See: Mark Becker Scholarship Fund (donation site; please specify “Mark Becker” in comment field)
       A Life Well-Mapped: Tribute to Mark Becker, by R.S. Chen
       CIESIN Mourns Loss of Associate Director Mark Becker, by Marc Levy
       NorthJersey.com: For Mark Becker of Hillsdale, Environmentalism Was in His Nature


Schumer Pushing for Federal Funding of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Peninsula Renewal Projects

Wed Feb 12 00:00:00 EST 2014

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) is pushing a Department of Interior (DOI) grant program to provide opportunity to use federal funds for restoration and resiliency projects in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway Peninsula. View the Article.

See: Schumer Pushing for Federal Funding of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Peninsula Renewal Projects


Environmental Group Proposes Options for Breached Pond at Jamaica Bay in Queens

Mon Feb 10 00:00:00 EST 2014

The New York Times reports the New York City Audubon is making a case to restore freshwater in West Pond which was breached by Hurricane Sandy. View the Article.

See: Environmental Group Proposes Options for Breached Pond at Jamaica Bay in Queens


Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers Ice Boating on Jamaica Bay

Thu Jan 30 00:00:00 EST 2014

Ice boating on Jamaica Bay featuring Dan Mundy Sr. of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. View the Photos/Video, Ecowatchers Flickr Gallery.

See: Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers Ice Boating on Jamaica Bay


Rockaway Boardwalk Project Delayed by Rare Bird Nesting

Wed Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2014

DNAinfo New York reports the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk rebuilding project will be delayed by piping plover nesting. View the Article, NY1 Video.

See: Rockaway Boardwalk Project Delayed by Rare Bird Nesting


Port Authority Wildlife Specialists Hunt Snowy Owls at New York City's Airports

Mon Dec 09 00:00:00 EST 2013

The New York Daily News reports snowy owls have been added to the Port Authority's list of bird species threatening New York City's airports, as evidenced by this weekend's killings. View the Article, Audubon Response, WABC-TV Report.

See: Port Authority Wildlife Specialists Hunt Snowy Owls at New York City's Airports


PBS Releases "Megastorm Aftermath" Featuring Jamaica Bay

Wed Oct 09 00:00:00 EDT 2013

PBS has released a 1-hour documentary on Superstorm Sandy featuring footage of the Jamaica Bay area. View the Video.

See: PBS Releases "Megastorm Aftermath" Featuring Jamaica Bay


Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary Jewell Announce NEW Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay

Mon Aug 12 00:00:00 EDT 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced progress on their cooperative management of 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parks in and around Jamaica Bay – namely, the selection of a consortium led by the City University of New York to lead a new Science and Resilience Institute. View the Press Release, NY1 Video, Queens Chronicle Article.

See: Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary Jewell Announce NEW Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay


Could be Canary in Coal Mine for Lead in Sheepshead Bay, Says Vet

Thu Aug 08 00:00:00 EDT 2013

Brooklyn Daily reports on a swan nursed back to health was poisoned as a result of lead pollution in the water or soil in Sheepshead Bay. View the Article.

See: Could be Canary in Coal Mine for Lead in Sheepshead Bay, Says Vet


Fight Over Plan for Natural Gas Port off Long Island

Tue Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The New York Times reports on the Port Ambrose project, proposed by Liberty Natural Gas LLC to build a deepwater port to supply natural gas, and reasons for its existence to serve Eastern Long Island. View the Article.

See: Fight Over Plan for Natural Gas Port off Long Island


Liberty Natural Gas Seeks to Build Port

Thu Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Queens Chronicle reports on the status of the Port Ambrose project, proposed by Liberty Natural Gas LLC to build a deepwater port nearly 20 miles from the entrance to New York Harbor. View the Article.

See: Liberty Natural Gas Seeks to Build Port


Brooklyn Hosts First NYC Tomato Battle, Pitting Lovers vs. Haters

Sat Jul 20 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Daily News reports on a free-for-all where thousands pelted each other with tomatoes at the Aviator Sports and Event Center, Floyd Bennett Field. View the Article.

See: Brooklyn Hosts First NYC Tomato Battle, Pitting Lovers vs. Haters


Canadian Geese Captured in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge!

Tue Jul 02 00:00:00 EDT 2013

A July 2nd photo taken at @ 11:30am of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staffer standing beside a pickup truck full of orange creates containing Canadian Wild Geese in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. View the Facebook page.

See: Canadian Geese Captured in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge!


Groups Call For More Public Input On Proposed Deepwater Gas Port Off NY Coast

Mon Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Gotham Gazette reports on environmental groups from New York, New Jersey and other states seeking to extend the public comment period for the proposed deepwater Liquefied Natural Gas port (Port Ambrose Project) off the New York and New Jersey coasts. View the Article.

See: Groups Call For More Public Input On Proposed Deepwater Gas Port Off NY Coast


Company Admits Dumping Contaminated Waste into Sewers, Must Pay $2.8 Million

Mon Jun 17 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports on Sepco Industries, Inc. , a subsidiary of Watermark Designs, LLC., pleading guilty to a New York Environmental Conservation Law prohibiting the unlawful discharge of industrial waste and for repeated failure to file corporate tax returns. View the Article.

See: Company Admits Dumping Contaminated Waste into Sewers, Must Pay $2.8 Million


Bikes, Kayaks and Gourmet Treats Can Serve as Vehicles to Tempt Visitors to Jamaica Bay

Mon Jun 10 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Daily News reports on efforts to increase food concessions and recreation activities for visitors coming to the Jamaica Bay area. View the Article.

See: Bikes, Kayaks and Gourmet Treats Can Serve as Vehicles to Tempt Visitors to Jamaica Bay


Regulators Seek Answers About Rockaway Pipeline Project

Tue Jun 04 00:00:00 EDT 2013

Gotham Gazette reports both the New York State Division of Coastal Resources and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are seeking more information from Oklahoma-based Williams Companies on potential environmental risks regarding the Rockaway Pipeline Project, especially flooding from extreme storms. View the Article.

See: Regulators Seek Answers About Rockaway Pipeline Project


Two Arrested in NY for Poaching Horseshoe Crabs from Jamaica Bay in New York City

Tue May 28 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The Republic reports boaters were spotted by New York City aviation detectives and were arrested by U.S. Parks Police for poaching horseshoe crabs from Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Two Arrested in NY for Poaching Horseshoe Crabs from Jamaica Bay in New York City


Rescue Team at a Beach Tries to Save the Summer

Tue May 21 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The New York Times reports on volunteer efforts to help the National Park Service re-open Fort Tilden this summer season. View the Article.

See: Rescue Team at a Beach Tries to Save the Summer


MAY-DAY MAY-DAY: Coalition Calls for New York State to Oppose Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Port

Wed May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2013

Long Beach Patch reports on a broad-based coalition opposing the Port Ambrose project, a deepwater port for natural gas deliveries located in federal waters approximately 19 miles from the New York shore. View the Article.

See: MAY-DAY MAY-DAY: Coalition Calls for New York State to Oppose Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Port


How to Turn a Robert Moses Road Into a Dune Forest

Mon Apr 22 00:00:00 EDT 2013

Capital reports on talks between a local resident and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in developing ways to protect the Rockaways from the next Sandy-like hurricane. View the Article.

See: How to Turn a Robert Moses Road Into a Dune Forest


State Pumps Money into Salt Marsh Restoration at Jamaica Bay

Tue Apr 16 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The New York Daily News reports on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's committment to provide $645,000 for rebuilding 28 acres of salt marshes in the bay. View the Article.

See: State Pumps Money into Salt Marsh Restoration at Jamaica Bay


Storm Risk Reduction Work Causing Plumb Beach Closures

Wed Mar 27 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District will be completing coastal storm risk reduction work at Plumb Beach causing beach and parking lot closures as well as a bike lane detour. View the News Release.

See: Storm Risk Reduction Work Causing Plumb Beach Closures


Watchman at the Water's Edge

Fri Mar 22 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The New York Times reports on the bay's Guardian, Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. View the Article.

See: Watchman at the Water's Edge


NYC Parks and NPS Issue RFPs

Mon Mar 11 00:00:00 EDT 2013

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the National Park Service (NPS) announce three Requests for Proposals (“RFPs”) for the installation, operation and maintenance of kayak and canoe rental stations, bike rental stations, and mobile food units on both City and Federal parkland throughout Jamaica Bay, the Rockaway
Peninsula and the adjoining Gateway National Recreation Area. View the Article.

See: NYC Parks and NPS Issue RFPs


Officials Introduce Dredging Plan for Rockaway Beach

Thu Mar 07 00:00:00 EST 2013

Dredging Today reports the latest plan for dredging Rockaway Beach and Coney Island. View the Article.

See: Officials Introduce Dredging Plan for Rockaway Beach


Clean Air Victory: City Suspends Burning of Hurricane Sandy Debris After Pollution Levels Exceed Air Quality Standards

Wed Feb 20 00:00:00 EST 2013

Long Island Exchange reports New York City has suspended the burning of Hurricane Sandy tree and vegetation debris by open-air burners after fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) air pollution levels exceeded health-based national ambient air quality standards. View the Article.

See: Clean Air Victory: City Suspends Burning of Hurricane Sandy Debris After Pollution Levels Exceed Air Quality Standards


Jamaica Bay Area Facebook Pages In Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Thu Jan 31 00:00:00 EST 2013

Facebook pages for areas surrounding Jamaica Bay have been created in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy:

See: Rockaways Facebook Page


Hurricane Sandy Before and After Photo Exhibit Opens at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Tue Jan 22 00:00:00 EST 2013

Gateway National Recreation Area presents an exhibit  featuring satellite images and photographs taken before and after Hurricane Sandy beginning Janurary 27, 2013, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. View the Article.

See: Hurricane Sandy Before and After Photo Exhibit Opens at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Whale Beached at Breezy Point, Queens, Focus of Rescuers' Desperate Efforts

Wed Dec 26 00:00:00 EST 2012

The Daily News reports a giant blue-grey finback whale washed ashore at Beach 216 Street in Breezy Point, Queens. View the Article.

See: Whale Beached at Breezy Point, Queens, Focus of Rescuers' Desperate Efforts


After Hurricane, Some Begin To Question Wisdom of Rockaway Pipeline Project

Mon Dec 03 00:00:00 EST 2012

Gotham Gazette reports residents and elected officials are weighing in on the safety of the Rockaway Pipeline Project in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. View the Article.

See: After Hurricane, Some Begin To Question Wisdom of Rockaway Pipeline Project


Gateway Reopens Great Kills Park, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Wed Nov 21 00:00:00 EST 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) reports Gateway National Recreation Area has reopened Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens and Great Kills Park on Staten Island, although most areas of Gateway still remain closed due to hurricane Sandy. View the Article.

See: Gateway Reopens Great Kills Park, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Hurricane Sandy Devastates the West Pond Trail at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Wed Oct 31 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Birding Dude reports damage inflicted by hurricane Sandy on the West Pond Trail. View the Article.

See: Hurricane Sandy Devastates the West Pond Trail at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Why Are U.S. Eastern Seaboard Salt Marshes Falling Apart?

Wed Oct 17 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Science Daily reports on a recent study published in Nature where nutrients nitrogen and phosphorous can drive salt marsh loss in areas such as Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Why Are U.S. Eastern Seaboard Salt Marshes Falling Apart?


Oysters Discovered Growing in Jamaica Bay!

Wed Oct 17 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers found at least 15 oysters growing in Shad Creek about one half mile from the location of an oyster cage test location in Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Oysters Discovered Growing in Jamaica Bay!


Bloomberg Admin Bullish on Rockaway Pipelines; Complexity Fuels Community Concerns

Mon Oct 15 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Gotham Gazette reports the Bloomberg administration is leading the way to construct new natural gas pipelines that will bring more cleaner-burning natural gas to Brooklyn & Queens, aimed at reducing the demand for oil. The project calls for building a new pipeline extending from an existing gas line two-and-a-half miles off the Rockaway coast, underneath Jacob Riis Park, under Jamaica Bay paralleling the Marine Park-Gil Hodges Bridge, and ending at a metering station that will be housed within an historic aircraft hangar at Floyd Bennett Field; a 2nd pipeline will run from the meter station to an existing gas main on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. View the Article.

See: Bloomberg Admin Bullish on Rockaway Pipelines; Complexity Fuels Community ConcernsOfficials Say


National Grid Shares Details of Paerdegat Basin Oil Spill

Mon Oct 08 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports National Grid's explanation for the Paerdegat Basin oil spill, saying that it began on land. View the Article.

See: National Grid Shares Details of Paerdegat Basin Oil Spill


Things Would Have Been Different If Firefighters Were Told About the Toxins, FDNY Officials Say

Sat Oct 06 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Courier Life's Brooklyn Daily reports New York City firefighters responded to numerous calls about a strong gas odor in Canarsie and Bergen Beach and weren’t told that 800-1,400 gallons of toxic crud had gushed onto Paerdegat Avenue North as contractors poured cement into an unused pipe. View the Article.

See: Things Would Have Been Different If Firefighters Were Told About the Toxins, FDNY Officials Say


Brooklyn Oil Spill in Paerdegat Basin May Contain Dangerous Chemicals

Thu Oct 04 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Daily News reports water samples taken from the September 28th oil spill contained the cancer-causing chemical Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB). An investigation and cleanup is being conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). View the Article, NYSDEC Press Release.

See: Brooklyn Oil Spill in Paerdegat Basin May Contain Dangerous Chemicals


Defending the Marsh: Seed by Seed, a Community Bands Together to Save the Lifeblood of Jamaica Bay

Tue Oct 02 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Susan Lee of Narratively NYC reports on the efforts of local environmental groups, featuring Don Riepe, Dan Mundy Sr. and Dan Mundy Jr., contributing to the restoration of the marshlands in Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Defending the Marsh: Seed by Seed, a Community Bands Together to Save the Lifeblood of Jamaica Bay


Oil Spill In Paerdegat Basin, Authorities Say Stay Away

Sat Sep 29 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports on an accident by National Grid contractors that caused over 1,000 gallons of oil and gas to spill into Paerdegat Basin, which connects to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. View the Article, Pictures via A Walk in the Park Blog.

See: Oil Spill In Paerdegat Basin, Authorities Say Stay Away


From Wildlife Refuge to Table: A Story About the Culled Jamaica Bay Geese

Wed Sep 19 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Capital reports on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is controlling the Canadian geese population in Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: From Wildlife Refuge to Table: A Story About the Culled Jamaica Bay Geese


Donate to Dr. Russell Burke's "Saving Diamondback Terrapins with New Technology" Project

Wed Sep 12 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Hofstra University Professor Dr. Russel Burke, long-time researcher of diamondback terrapins, is seeking funding for a new project to further understand their behavior in the water. Dr. Burke has raised over $3500 so far, needing to reach $5615 by October 18, 2012. View the Website.

See: Donate to Dr. Russell Burke's "Saving Diamondback Terrapins with New Technology" Project


Opponents To Queens-Brooklyn Natural Gas Pipeline Rally By The Sea

Tue Sep 04 00:00:00 EDT 2012

NY 1 reports on activists protesting at Jacob Riis Park, Queens, on the proposed Gateway Pipeline Project that will carry natural gas from the Atlantic Ocean, under the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay, into southeast Brooklyn. View the Video.

See: Opponents To Queens-Brooklyn Natural Gas Pipeline Rally By The Sea


Proposed Gas Pipeline, Endorsed by the City, Draws Criticism

Wed Aug 29 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Times reports on environmental advocates and local residents concerns over the ecosystem and safety impacts, as well as the planning process to build a proposed natural gas line under the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay, and onto Floyd Bennett Field. View the Article.

See: Proposed Gas Pipeline, Endorsed by the City, Draws Criticism


Busted Pipe Threatens Jamaica Bay Ecology

Wed Aug 22 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Daily News reports fresh water ponds in Broad Channel are filling up with salt water from Jamaica Bay due to a busted drain pipe. View the Article.

See: Busted Pipe Threatens Jamaica Bay Ecology


Activists: Jamaica Bay Pipeline Could Open Up Other National Parks to Industrial Use

Tue Aug 07 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports on the Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP) efforts to stop the building of the proposed Jamaica Bay natural gas pipeline. View the Article.

See: Activists: Jamaica Bay Pipeline Could Open Up Other National Parks to Industrial Use


Turner Announces Federal DOT Grant For Jamaica Bay Greenway

Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Congressman Robert Turner announced the awarding of a federal grant to the New York City Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements as part of the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan. View the Article.

See: Turner Announces Federal DOT Grant For Jamaica Bay Greenway


Jamaica Bay Pipeline: Analyzing the Concerns, and Transco Williams’ Response

Thu Jul 26 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports on the response by the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (TRANSCO), to concerns about the proposed Jamaica Bay natural gas pipeline. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay Pipeline: Analyzing the Concerns, and Transco Williams’ Response


New York City Tent Control

Fri Jul 20 00:00:00 EDT 2012

New York Post reporter Chris Erikson reports on his recent experience staying at an urban campground created by the National Park Service (NPS) at Floyd Bennett Field. View the Article.

See: New York City Tent Control


City and Federal Officials Will Jointly Manage Jamaica Bay

Tue Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Times reports on the partnership announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar whereby New York City and federal officials will work together to manage 10,000 acres of parkland in and around Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: City and Federal Officials Will Jointly Manage Jamaica Bay


Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary Salazar Join Forces to Cooperatively Manage 10,000 Acres of City, Federal Parks In and Around Jamaica Bay

Tue Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar held a press conference to discuss an agreement to manage 10,000 acres of parkland in and around Jamaica Bay. View the Press Conference, Press Release, Article.

See: Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary Salazar Join Forces to Cooperatively Manage 10,000 Acres of City, Federal Parks In and Around Jamaica Bay


Federal Agents Kill 750 Geese From Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Near JFK Airport

Mon Jul 09 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Metro reports on the removal of more than 700 Canadian geese from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). View the Article.

See: Federal Agents Kill 750 Geese From Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Near JFK Airport


Marsh Restoration Has Wildlife’s ‘Seal’ Of Approval

Thu Jun 21 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports on a harbor seal taking residence at Yellow Bar Hassock, Jamaica Bay, during restoration of the marsh island performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. View the Article.

See: Marsh Restoration Has Wildlife’s ‘Seal’ Of Approval


Contribute to the ‘Jamaica Bay Lives!’ Documentary

Fri May 18 00:00:00 EDT 2012

"Jamaica Bay Lives!" will be the first-ever, full-length documentary film on Jamaica Bay, the largest open space in New York City and home to the only wildlife refuge accessible by subway in the entire U.S. Project leader Dan Hendrick is seeking donations and volunteers to make this happen. For more information, contact danhendrick11104@gmail.com. View the Website.

See: Contribute to the ‘Jamaica Bay Lives!’ Documentary


The Mystery Behind Continuing JFK Bird Strikes

Mon May 14 00:00:00 EDT 2012

WABC-TV reports on gulls breeding in Jamaica Bay and efforts taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey to reduce collisions with aircraft at John F. Kennedy airport. View the Article.

See: The Mystery Behind Continuing JFK Bird Strikes


JFK Bird-Strike ‘Soar’ Point

Sun Apr 22 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Post reports on the increase in wildlife-aircraft strikes at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport and what local authorities are doing about it. View the Article.

See: JFK Bird-Strike ‘Soar’ Point


‘Jamaica Bay Lives!’ Documentary Highlights Problems Affecting Queens Estuary

Fri Apr 13 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Daily News reports on the progress of the documentary being filmed about Jamaica Bay and the issues facing it. View the Article.

See: ‘Jamaica Bay Lives!’ Documentary Highlights Problems Affecting Queens Estuary


Turner’s EPA Award Nominees Selected Winners - Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers

Fri Mar 30 00:00:00 EDT 2012

Congressman Robert Turner awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2012 Environmental Quality Award to the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. View the Press Release.

See: Turner’s EPA Award Nominees Selected Winners - Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers


Lawmaker Blasts Possibility of Expanding JFK Airport into Jamaica Bay

Thu Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2012

The New York Daily News reports Queens Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) supports local environmentalists in their quest to prevent expanding John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport into Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: Lawmaker Blasts Possibility of Expanding JFK Airport into Jamaica Bay


Jamaica Bay to Come to Big Screen

Mon Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2012

The Queens Chronicle reports on the filming of a documentary about Jamaica Bay and the issues facing it. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay to Come to Big Screen


Projects to Add Wind Power for City Gain Momentum

Tue Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 2012

The New York Times reports Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) are actively discussing projects for generating power from wind turbines. View the Article.

Websites with Wind Farm Information:
Audubon: Wind Power Overview
American Bird Conservancy: Birds and Wind Farms
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Wind Energy Development Information
FocusingOnWildlife.com: Massive Bird Kill at West Virginia Wind Farm

See: Projects to Add Wind Power for City Gain Momentum


The City of New York: Create a Greenway along the Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Right-of-Way

Sun Feb 19 00:00:00 EST 2012

Friends of The QueensWay is a group of New York City residents proposing to establish a greenway, consisting of a bicycle and pedestrian path, on the abandoned Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way. View the Petition.

See: The City of New York: Create a Greenway along the Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Right-of-Way


Activists Blast Jamaica Bay Natural Gas Pipeline, Say Government Kept Them In The Dark

Tue Feb 14 00:00:00 EST 2012

Sheepshead Bites reports environmentalists and local leaders are upset with being kept in the dark about the plan for a natural gas pipeline under the Rockaways and Floyd Bennett Field which passed through the U.S. Congress as H.R. 2606, New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act . View the Article.

See: Activists Blast Jamaica Bay Natural Gas Pipeline, Say Government Kept Them In The Dark


U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Funds Restoration Of Jamaica Bay Marsh Island

Thu Jan 26 00:00:00 EST 2012

The yellow bar marsh restoration is really moving along. Two vessels are now being used to bring in sand. The "island" is now clearly established and loaded with construction material. In the background, you can see the freedom tower under construction. (Source: Dan Mundy Jr., Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers).

NY 1 reports on the Yellow Bar Hassock restoration project in Jamaica Bay, featuring Dan Mundy Jr. of Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers. View the Article.

See: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Funds Restoration Of Jamaica Bay Marsh Island


U.S. and N.Y.C. Unite to Aid Jamaica Bay

Thu Oct 27 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The New York Times reports on an agreement reached by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and U.S. Department of the Interior secretary Ken Salazar to coordinate research, management, public access, and education programs in Jamaica Bay. View the Article.

See: U.S. and N.Y.C. Unite to Aid Jamaica Bay


CIESIN Aids First-Ever Biological Snapshot of Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Mon Sep 19 00:00:00 EDT 2011

CIESIN provided information dissemination, online registration, and data collection support for the first ever “BioBlitz” of Sandy Hook, a 1,665-acre barrier peninsula on the north end of New Jersey's Atlantic shoreline. For 24 hours, teams of scientists, amateur naturalists, and volunteers observed and counted as many plants and animals as possible at the Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook Unit. The event began at 3 pm September 16 and ended at 3 pm September 17.

Sponsored by the National Park Service, American Littoral Society, Rutgers University, and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the Sandy Hook Bioblitz was modeled on previous Bioblitz events held in Jamaica Bay in 2010, 2009, and 2007 and supported by the Jamaica Bay Research and Management Information Network (JBRMIN), a Web site hosted by CIESIN’s NBII-NIN program.

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See: 2011 Sandy Hook Bioblitz


Jamaica Bay: Wilderness on the Edge

Fri Jul 29 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The New York Times reports on New York City's largest open space, residing within the only national park in the U.S. reachable by subway, and where natural and man-made worlds run into each other. View the Article.

See: Jamaica Bay: Wilderness on the Edge


Plumb Beach Project Open to Public Comment

Wed Jul 27 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is proposing to construct a series of beach protection and erosion control structures along a 3,000-foot-long stretch of Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, and in offshore waters. The location of the "Plumb Beach Nourishment Project" is bounded by Belt Parkway to the north, Sheepshead bay channel to the west, Gerritsen Inlet to the east, and Rockaway Inlet to the south. The purpose of the project is to protect the beach and Belt Parkway and associated utilities and infrastructure along a severely eroded section of Plumb Beach from further damage from coastal storm surges and flooding. Project elements include approximately 2,000 feet of beach berms (maximum elevation approximately 9 feet), approximately 1,000 feet of dune restoration (maximum elevation approximately 12 feet), an approximately 200-foot-long eastern and 150-foot-long western terminal groin, and an approximately 200-foot-long underwater stone offshore breakwater reef to reduce storm wave impact and beach sand losses. Approximately 100,000 cubic yards of dredged sand will be used to create the berms and restored beach dunes.

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

This Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed. SEQR Lead Agency: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

A Structural-Archaeological Assessment Form has been completed. The proposed activity will not impact on registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures.

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the following Contact Person no later than Aug 12, 2011:

John F Cryan
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
r2dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

See: DRAFT Release: Environmental Assessment for Plumb Beach


Feds Plan Massive Urban Campsite at Floyd Bennett Field — With Private Help

Wed Jul 06 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The Brooklyn Paper reports on the National Park Service (NPS) plan to turn Floyd Bennett Field into the country's largest urban campground. View the Article.

See: Feds Plan Massive Urban Campsite at Floyd Bennett Field — With Private Help


Rock Out at Rock Beach This Summer

Tue Jul 05 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The Brooklyn Paper reports on a summer concert series coming to Floyd Bennett Field beginning July 9th. View the Article.

See: Rock Out at Rock Beach This Summer


Delays at JFK? This Time, Blame Turtles

Wed Jun 29 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The New York Times reports on flight delays of up to 30 minutes at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport due to diamondback terrapins crossing a runway. View the Article.

See: Delays at JFK? This Time, Blame Turtles


Bad Hydrants Dampen Brooklyn Camp Plan

Mon Jun 27 00:00:00 EDT 2011

The New York Post reports on a National Park Service (NPS) plan to develop a significant number of campsites at Floyd Bennett Field despite the fact that half of the 100 fire hydrants do not work sufficiently. View the Article.

See: Bad Hydrants Dampen Brooklyn Camp Plan


NYC Needs Runways, but Ghost Airport Stays Quiet

Mon Mar 28 00:00:00 EDT 2011

MSNBC reports on the possible use of Floyd Bennett Field to address the need for more runway space in the wake of the RPA report calling for the expansion of John F. Kennedy International Airport. View the Article.

See: NYC Needs Runways, but Ghost Airport Stays Quiet


JFK Expansion Plan Unsettles Residents By Jamaica Bay

Wed Mar 23 00:00:00 EDT 2011

NY 1's Mari Fagel interviews members of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers concerned with the Regional Plan Association (RPA) report calling for the expansion of John F. Kennedy International Airport. View the interview.

See: JFK Expansion Plan Unsettles Residents By Jamaica Bay


Fearing JFK Airport Expansion

Wed Feb 09 00:00:00 EST 2011

The Long Island Herald reports on the environmental concerns of local residents over the Regional Plan Association (RPA) report calling for the expansion of John F. Kennedy International Airport. View the Article.

See: Fearing JFK Airport Expansion


Governor Christie Vetoes LNG Offshore Natural Gas Project to Safeguard New Jersey’s Environment, Economy and Security

Tue Feb 08 00:00:00 EST 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes an offshore Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Project. View the Press Release.

See: Governor Christie Vetoes LNG Offshore Natural Gas Project to Safeguard New Jersey’s Environment, Economy and Security


Gateway to Nature Next Door

Mon Jan 31 00:00:00 EST 2011

WNBC's Chuck Scarborough interviews Gateway National Recreation Area superintendent Linda Canzanelli on her plans for the park's 26,000 acres. View the interview.

See: Gateway to Nature Next Door


Key Airport Expansions Face Geographic Hurdles

Thu Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2011

Crain's New York reports the recent study produced by the Regional Plan Association calling for changes to Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International airports, which includes dumping fill into the eastern part of Jamaica Bay to create space for additional runways, may run into difficulties because of requiring congressional approval and environmental and wildlife-protection issues. View the article.

See: Key Airport Expansions Face Geographic Hurdles


To Expand, Airports May Need Radical Alterations, Report Says

Wed Jan 26 00:00:00 EST 2011

The New York Times reports a recent study produced by the Regional Plan Association calls for significant changes to Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International airports, which includes dumping fill into the eastern part of Jamaica Bay to create space for additional runways. View the article.

See: To Expand, Airports May Need Radical Alterations, Report Says


Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations Available

Wed Jan 05 00:00:00 EST 2011

The Blue Ribbon Panel formed by by Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Anthony Weiner has released preliminary recommendations on possible improvements to Floyd Bennett Field. Comments on these recommendations are still welcome and must be submitted by January 21, 2011. View the recommendations; Public Forum.

See: Public Forum: Floyd Bennett Field


USACE Public Notice: Rockaway Inlet Outfall Pipe Construction and Maintenance

Thu Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2010

The New York District of the USACE has issued a public notice to replace and perform maintenance on existing outfall and diffuser structures. The work would involve the placement of structures and discharge of fill in the navigable waters of the U.S. for the construction and maintenance of an existing 72-inch diameter outfall pipe structure and to perform maintenance on the existing 90-inch outfall pipe structure. View the Notice.

See: USACE Public Notice


Decimated by Years of Pollution, Oysters Once Again Find Home in Jamaica Bay

Wed Oct 06 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The New York Daily News reports on the oyster restoration efforts in Jamaica Bay. View the article.

See: Decimated by Years of Pollution, Oysters Once Again Find Home in Jamaica Bay


Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, Once a Glorious Airfield, is Now a Dilapidated Federal Park

Tue Oct 05 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The New York Daily News reports on the conditions at Floyd Bennett Field and efforts to improve the area. View the article.

See: Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, Once a Glorious Airfield, is Now a Dilapidated Federal Park


NYC Green Infrastructure Plan: Jamaica Bay Tributaries

Fri Sep 24 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan which describes an alternative approach to improving water quality by integrating green infrastructure (swales and green roofs) with investments to optimize the existing system, as well as building traditional infrastructure. View the Jamaica Bay portion of the plan.

See: NYC Green Infrastructure Plan


Ecology Village Summer Camping Program: Leadership Training

Fri Jul 02 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area announces its 2010 summer camping program for school and youth groups at Floyd Bennett Field. Reservations for the camping program are now being accepted, but space is limited. New leaders must attend the upcoming 30 hour free training course which includes an overnight stay at the campground. The training is to be held on July 9th from 10-4 and July 11-12 from noon to noon. Interested youth group leaders are encouraged to call the Jamaica Bay Unit Education Division for more information and to sign up for the training at (718) 338-4306. View the flyer.

See: Ecology Village Summer Camping Program: Leadership Training


Jamaica Bay BioBlitz Identifies Hundreds of Species

Wed Jun 16 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The National Park Service (NPS) reports over 500 animal and plant species were found by nearly 100 volunteers during the June 11-12th Jamaica Bay BioBlitz. View the article.

See: Jamaica Bay BioBlitz Identifies Hundreds of Species


Can the City -- and the Oyster -- Save Jamaica Bay?

Fri May 28 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The Gotham Gazette reports on the potential for restoring the estuary using oysters to filter nitrogen. View the article.

See: Can the City -- and the Oyster -- Save Jamaica Bay?


From New York Harbor’s Depths, Muck to Restore Islands in Jamaica Bay

Sun Apr 25 00:00:00 EDT 2010

The New York Times reports on restoring marsh islands in Jamaica Bay based on dredged materials from New York Harbor. View the article.

See: From New York Harbor’s Depths, Muck to Restore Islands in Jamaica Bay


Governor Christie States Administration Policy on LNG and Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting Our Environment

Thu Apr 22 00:00:00 EDT 2010

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reaffirmed his administration's commitment to environmental protection, which includes opposition to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities off the New Jersey coastline. View the Press Release.

See: Governor Christie States Administration Policy on LNG and Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting Our Environment


Mayor Bloomberg, State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Grannis and Natural Resources Defense Council Announce Agreement to Improve Water Quality and Preserve Marshlands in Jamaica Bay

Thu Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 2010

Mayor Bloomberg, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis, Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway and Natural Resources Defense Council Executive Director Peter Lehner today announced an agreement to improve the overall water quality and mitigate marshland loss in Jamaica Bay through a total of $115 million in new investments. View the DEP press release, DEP press conference (high bandwith, low bandwith), NRDC press release. Dan Mundy Jr., Vice President of Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers recaps the events that led to this agreement.

See: Mayor Bloomberg, State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Grannis and Natural Resources Defense Council Announce Agreement to Improve Water Quality and Preserve Marshlands in Jamaica Bay


NYSDEC Environmental Notice Bulletin Region 2: Paerdegat Basin Dredging

Wed Feb 17 00:00:00 EST 2010

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's application for proposing dredging and removal of sediment from Paerdegat Basin, tributary to Jamaica Bay. View the bulletin.

See: NYSDEC Environmental Notice Bulletin Region 2: Paerdegat Basin Dredging


Sewer Hookup Drags Queens Hamlet Into 20th Century

Wed Feb 17 00:00:00 EST 2010

The New York Times City Room Blog reports the completion of a $37.5 million project installing sewers under the narrow, flood-prone streets of two communities, Meadowmere and Warnerville, off Rockaway Boulevard, near the Nassau County border. View the article.

See: Sewer Hookup Drags Queens Hamlet Into 20th Century


Turning Jamaica Bay Landfills Into Park Space

Mon Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2010

YourNabe.com reports on the restoration efforts of the Pennsylvania Avenue and Fountain Avenue landfills, consisting of over 400 acres of land on the eastern coast of Brooklyn. Beginning in 2004, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) began remediation of the area, which now sports native grasses, flowers and saplings. View the article.

See: Turning Jamaica Bay Landfills Into Park Space


Gateway NRA Superintendent Barry T. Sullivan Receives Natural Resource Award

Tue Jan 26 00:00:00 EST 2010

Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Barry Sullivan was named Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resource Stewardship. Sullivan was cited for leading a multi-disciplinary effort on the regional Ocean Stewardship Implementation Strategy. View the article.

See: Gateway NRA Superintendent Barry T. Sullivan Receives Natural Resource Award


State Takes Slap at NYRA

Mon Jan 18 00:00:00 EST 2010

The Times Union reports the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is facing heavy fines for pollution violations, the worst of which is the dumping of horse manure from Belmont Park racetrack into Jamaica Bay. The violation notice says pumping records for Belmont track showed that from January to July 2009, the track discharged manure, wastewater and other pollutants into the bay via the Nassau County storm drain system. View the article.

See: State Takes Slap at NYRA


Tainted Soil at Floyd Bennett Field to Get $2.4M Cleanup

Tue Jan 12 00:00:00 EST 2010

The New York Post reports $2.4 million has been slated to clean-up 2 acres of contaminated soil along the former naval airfield at Floyd Bennett Field. Announced by Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens), secured federal funds will be used to determine the extent of the contamination and for the actual clean-up, so that this section of parkland can be used for recreation. View the article.

See: Congressman Anthony Weiner's webpage on Saving the Vanishing Marsh Lands of Jamaica Bay


New Waterfront Park Slated for Jamaica Bay

Tue Jan 12 00:00:00 EST 2010

An acre-plus property on Jamaica Bay--once slated for development of 20 houses--will become a new waterfront park. More than 2,400 people live within a quarter mile of the new park, which will offer fishing and picnicking while serving as a launch area for canoes and kayaks. This project is part of the Trust for Public Land's (TPL) Harbor Estuary Initiative to save the last remaining natural lands in New York City. View the press release, video clip.

See: New Waterfront Park Slated for Jamaica Bay


Residents: Plumb Beach Needs More Than a Band-aid

Tue Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 2009

Your Neighborhood, Your News reports on recent damage to Plumb Beach and efforts by government agencies led by Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens) to provide a long-term solution. View the article.

See: Congressman Anthony Weiner's webpage on Saving the Vanishing Marsh Lands of Jamaica Bay


Jamaica Bay's Marshes to be Restored [Elder's Point West]

Mon Oct 19 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The New York Post reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, National Park Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection have signed an agreement to restore the dwindling salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. View the article.

See: Jamaica Bay's Marshes to be Restored


Biologists Fight Erosion in Jamaica Bay

Sun Oct 11 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The New York Daily News reports on the successful salt marsh restoration effort of the Elder's Point East Island performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The island is serving as a laboratory where scientists have learned lessons that will be used in the reconstruction of a neighboring island, Elder's Point West, beginning next month. View the article.

See: Biologists Fight Erosion in Jamaica Bay


BioBlitz 2009: Brooklyn College Students Collect Specimens in Jamaica Bay to Benefit Wetlands

Tue Sep 29 00:00:00 EDT 2009

Brooklyn College News reports on the student participation in the 2009 Jamaica Bay BioBlitz held September 11-12 led by assistant professor of geology Rebecca Boger. View the article.

See: BioBlitz 2009: Brooklyn College Students Collect Specimens in Jamaica Bay to Benefit Wetlands


Jamaica Bay Gets Stimulus Cash

Mon Sep 14 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The New York Post reports that Jamaica Bay will be receiving millions of dollars of federal stimulus money to restore acres of wetlands and natural grasslands. The 26th Ward water pollution control plant along the bay will also be updated. In all, the city is receiving $220 million for water infrastructure improvements via the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. View the article.

See: Jamaica Bay gets stimulus cash


Jamaica Oysters No Shell Game: Bay's Pollution Hinders Renewal

Tue Aug 18 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The New York Daily News reports on a study aimed at growing oysters in an effort to clean up Jamaica Bay. Led by SUNY Stonybrook and funded by the National Park Service and the Hudson River Foundation, researchers have verified oyster population growth in certain test areas. In the next phase, shells placed in different locations around the bay will be closely monitored to see if the oyster larvae attached themselves to the shells. View the article.

See: Jamaica Oysters No Shell Game: Bay's Pollution Hinders Renewal


USACE Public Notice: East Rockaway Inlet Maintenance Dredging

Fri Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The New York District of the USACE has issued a public notice to perform maintenance dredging of the East Rockaway Inlet Federal Navigation Channel and deposition basins with subsequent placement of the dredged material on Rockaway Beach or beneficially used for environmental restoration within the Jamaica Bay complex. View the Notice.

See: USACE Public Notice


Jamaica Bay Institute Announces Research Fellowship Program

Wed Mar 25 00:00:00 EDT 2009

In an effort to encourage scientific and scholarly research addressing management issues, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Jamaica Bay Institute have established the Jamaica Bay Institute Research Fellowship Program. In partnership with Queens College, City of New York, a research catalog was generated to identify gaps in resource knowledge and areas in which indicators need to be developed to protect and maintain the quality of park resources and visitor experiences.

See: Jamaica Bay Institute Fellowship


Jamaica Bay Dredging Through June 12, 2009

Wed Mar 18 00:00:00 EDT 2009

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Local Notice to Mariners on maintenance dredging 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, within the Jamaica Bay Entrance Channel through June 12, 2009. View the Notice page 19.

See: Local Notice to Mariners


Local Lawmakers Take a Tour of Jamaica Bay Marshlands

Sat Nov 15 00:00:00 EST 2008

NY1 reports on Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens) and members of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers taking a closer look at the disappearing marshlands in Queens. View the video.

See: Local Lawmakers Take a Tour of Jamaica Bay Marshlands


An Urban Marsh’s Unfinished Saga

Tue Aug 05 00:00:00 EDT 2008

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Jamaica Bay's disappearing salt marshes serve as a microcosm for the world's wetland woes. View the article.

See: An Urban Marsh’s Unfinished Saga


Weiner Outlines 4-Point Plan to Save Vanishing Marsh Lands in Jamaica Bay

Fri Oct 05 00:00:00 EDT 2007

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens), a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, announced a four point plan to stem the tide against the vanishing marsh land in Jamaica Bay. Recently, an alarming new study showed that all the marsh could disappear by 2012 - 12 years sooner than projected by an earlier study in 2001. The study also showed that from 1951 to 2003, the amount of bay marsh decreased by two-thirds. View the announcement.

See: Congressman Anthony Weiner's webpage on Saving the Vanishing Marsh Lands of Jamaica Bay


Legislative Hearing: JFK Airport's SPDES Permit for Stormwater Discharges

Mon Jun 04 00:00:00 EDT 2007

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) published a notice of a hearing on proposed modifications to JFK Airport's SPDES permit for stormwater discharges. The "legislative hearing" -- at which any member of the public may speak -- will be held at Kingsborough Community College. Anyone seeking formal party status to intervene in the permit proceeding must file a petition by May 22nd; an "issues conference" involving any such petitioners will take place on June 5.

See: State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES)


Weiner Leads Media on Tour of Gateway Renaissance

Wed Jul 05 00:00:00 EDT 2006

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens) announced three new facilities and projects at the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, showcasing the renaissance of the nation’s largest urban national park. These include a new 1.5 mile bike path, renovation of the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, and restoring the Elders Point Island wetlands. View the announcement.

See: Congressman Anthony Weiner's webpage on Saving the Vanishing Marsh Lands of Jamaica Bay


Wetland Restoration in Jamaica Bay: Will Katrina Threaten Its Funding?

Fri Sep 23 00:00:00 EDT 2005

The Gotham Gazette reports on the impact Hurricane Katrina may have on local, federally-subsidized marsh restoration projects. View the article.

See: Wetland Restoration in Jamaica Bay: Will Katrina Threaten Its Funding?


Local Law 71 to Provide Watershed Protection Plan

Wed Jul 20 00:00:00 EDT 2005

July 20, 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed Local Law 71, which requires the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a watershed protection plan for Jamaica Bay, states that the goal of the Plan is to restore and maintain Jamaica Bay's water quality and ecological integrity, and creates the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan Advisory Committee to advise the DEP on the Plan and to provide independent recommendations to the Speaker of the City Council and to the DEP Commissioner. View the legislation.

See: Advisory Committee section of this website.


Honors to Groups Saving Jamaica Bay Marshland

Sun Dec 05 00:00:00 EST 2004

The New York Daily News reports on an environmental team striving to protect and restore the mysteriously vanishing saltwater marshes in Jamaica Bay have been accorded presidential honors. View the article.

See: Honors to Groups Saving Jamaica Bay Marshland


Brooklyn College Receives Coastal America 2004 Partnership Award

Wed Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 2004

In a ceremony at the Ryan Center in Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, a team of government and academic organizations received the 2004 Partnership Award from the Coastal America organization, a unique partnership of federal agencies, state and local governments, and private organizations. The honors were bestowed for the coordinated efforts to restore the Big Egg Salt Marsh, a parcel of wild wetland on a protected island in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

See: Brooklyn College Receives Award


Borrow Pit Report Due Out in March

Fri Feb 27 00:00:00 EST 2004

The Wave reports on a three-year study of Jamaica Bay’s borrow pits including a recommendation on whether to leave them alone or fill them in with dredged material will be made public late next month. View the article.

See: Borrow Pit Report Due Out in March


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