Ecowatchers Oppose Sale of Broad Channel Parcels
On August 4, NYC will auction off about 20 small parcels of land in Broad Channel. Dan Mundy, president of the Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers, and Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian have agreed that some of these parcels are important wetlands and should be turned over to NYC Department of Parks & Recreation or another suitable agency for preservation.
“At a time when Jamaica Bay’s marshes are disappearing at an alarming rate, it is counter-productive to the massive effort underway to stabilize and restore the marshes to sell these parcels,” said Mundy.
Riepe added: “These marshes are considered some of the most productive and ecologically important habitats on the planet. Aside from their intrinsic value to wildlife and as pollutant control, they are pockets of lush green open space that add beauty to the community.”
Dan Mundy has contacted many local officials who have promised him that most of the wetland parcels will be taken off the auction block.
Riepe recommends that the community enter into a partnership agreement with the NYC Dept. of Parks in managing these properties as “Forever Wild” open space.
The American Littoral Society and the Eco Watchers, both located Broad Channel, have much experience and a good track record of protecting, cleaning and restoring wetlands in Jamaica Bay and would be willing to partner with the city to oversee the upkeep of these parcels.