2002-09-14 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks and Stones

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

The October 24, 1987 invitation to Dubos Point opening reads as follows:

"WETLANDS APPRECIATION DAY AT DUBOS POINT

Dubos Point, a 32-acre peninsula jutting into Jamaica Bay from the eastern half of the Rockaways, is named for the eminent bacteriologist and conservationist Dr. Rene Dubos, a noted advocate of the preservation for the diverse environment of Jamaica Bay.

The Parks Department, in cooperation with the Audubon Society, will soon designate Dubos Point as a natural refuge, where the wetlands will serve as an educational, scientific, wildlife and open space resource. A special Wetlands Appreciation and Awareness Day, including an extensive site spruce-up, has been scheduled for October 24.

Dubos Point wetland makes an ideal habitat for migrating waterfowl, including Snowy Egrets and Glossy Ibises, along the Atlantic flyway. The inter-tidal and high marshes, including upland wooded thickets, also attract such rare species as Sharp-Skinned Hawks and Peregrine Falcons, along with numerous migrating songbirds rarely seen in New York."

This 1987 invitation was not applied to opening of the mosquito breeding, stagnant water creeks permeating the wetlands park site.

So it might just have been called "Drowning in Mosquito Point."

The Parks Department, which has not funded creek openings, was conspicuously absent at the Duke Kahanamoku stamp unveiling ceremony. Was it invited?

Waterfront issues are not well managed in Rockaway, though bulldozing gets high marks.


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