2004-02-20 / Community

Disappearing Marshes in Jamaica Bay

Disappearing Marshes in Jamaica Bay

On Wednesday, March 3, the public is invited to an evening discussion on Jamaica Bay’s Disappearing Marshes. The discussion will be held at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island from 7-9 p.m. Scientists from the National Park Service, Stony Brook University, Columbia University, Brooklyn CUNY and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lead the discussion on wetland loss and future restoration plans.

Scientists have documented a significant change in the bay due to the loss of wetlands, a loss that is currently that to be up to 44 acres per year.

Deeply concerned about saltmarsh loss, the National Park Service convened a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists in 2001 to examine the factors that are causing the loss of the bay’s saltmarshes.

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island is hosting the event with special assistance provided by the New York Sea Grant, an organization whose grants have funded some of the re search. The public program will be held in the aquarium’s Sea Cliffs Ex hibit Room. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free. For directions, visit the aquarium website at www.nyaquarium.com.

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