2004-03-12 / Community

Search On For Pricey Devices Lost In Bay

By Brian Magoolaghan
Search On For Pricey Devices Lost In Bay By Brian Magoolaghan


The Army Corps recently lost two gauges like this one in Jamaica Bay. Have you seen them?The Army Corps recently lost two gauges like this one in Jamaica Bay. Have you seen them?

The Army Corps is hoping that some eagle-eyed locals can help them recover two expensive monitoring devices that were rec ently ripped by ice from test sites in Jamaica Bay.

The cylindrical Troll 9000 gauges, cased in stainless steel, are about 1BD inch in diameter and 2BD feet long; a blue communication ca ble, about 25 feet long, is attached to both of them.

The gauges have a combined price tag of more than $14,000, acc ording to In-Situ Inc., the Wyoming based manufacturer.

They were placed last year in the eastern section of the bay to monitor water level and quality. One was between Elders Point Marsh East and West, and the other about 150 feet north of the northwestern corner of Yellow Bar Hassock.

Scientists used railroad ties, wood en posts, clamps and steel re-bar to anchor the gauges – all of which was apparently no match for Mother Nature. The ice that covered the bay for several weeks back in Jan uary and February cast the entire monitoring set-up adrift, said Len Hous ton, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief.

Houston circulated "lost" flyers with a picture of one of the gaug es at a marsh meeting held at the Coney Island Aqua rium last Wednesday night. He urged environmentalists, boat ers, divers and shore-goers to keep their eyes peeled for the pricey devices as the weather turns warm again and people return to the bay for recreation.

"They could be anywhere," Houston said.

Anyone who recovers or spots the gauges is asked to call Melissa Alvarez, U.S.A.C.E. at 212-264-2008.


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