2002-11-02 / Community

College Conference Focuses On Wetlands

College Conference Focuses On Wetlands

Representative Anthony Weiner, expert scientists, engineers, and environmentalists are set to give the first public progress report on new efforts to save Jamaica Bay's wetlands, at a Brooklyn College conference next week.  The conference will focus on restorative and management protocols developed by a Blue Ribbon Panel organized by Rep. Weiner, and funded by a $598,000 grant he secured.

In November of 2000, the DEC released a study showing that Jamaica Bay's wetlands, which are home to a number of rare animals, birds, and plants, are disappearing at an alarming rate, and may erode completely by 2020. 

In response to this environmental crisis, Rep. Weiner convened a Blue Ribbon Panel of world class scientists who developed a series of goals designed to save the wetlands, including new restoration, long term analysis of the Bay's sediment layer, field mapping, and public education and technical workshops.  In June of this year, Rep. Weiner secured a $598,000 grant from the Natural Resources Protection Program to fund the panel's initiatives.

At the Brooklyn College conference, experts will evaluate past, present and proposed Jamaica Bay wetlands research, and will discuss the progress of new management measures.  Rep. Weiner will deliver an opening address.

"The Jamaica Bay wetlands and salt marshes rank among New York City's most beautiful and important environmental resources, and they must be saved," said Rep. Weiner. "This conference will give the public their first peek at the urgent work that's being done, and will help us chart a better course for the future."

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