Local Named To Bay Protection Committee
Dan Mundy, a member of the Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers who has been involved with numerous bay-related causes and issues, was appointed late last month by City Council Speaker Gifford Miller to serve on the seven-member Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan Advisory Committee.
Mundy and the other appointees will assist the DEP and the other agencies to create a plan “for the purpose of restoring and protecting Jamaica Bay and creating an environmentally healthy watershed that benefits all who have a stake in it as well as maintaining its ecosystem integrity,” according to the two laws that authorize the plan and committee.
The plan must detail management practices to minimize and control erosion and storm water runoff, pollution reduction, improving water quality and enhancing standards, measures to address threats to habitat, strengthening ecological buffers (marshes and wetlands), reestablishing water flows, a way to measure and evaluate progress, develop protocol for coordination between agencies and the development of a public education plan.
Mundy said his appointment is the result of his years of studying and advocating for the bay, including giving testimony at State Assembly hearings and drawing media attention to bay issues. Working alongside the DEP will be something new for Mundy who says he has “gripes” with the agency over the bay’s nitrogen levels.
Mundy attended last week’s meeting of the Jamaica Bay Taskforce in Brooklyn to speak on his new achievement.
Several Taskforce members, who first learned of Mundy’s appointment from JBTF head Eugenia Flatow, were unhappy that they heard nothing of the committee’s formation until appointments had been announced.
“I think it is important to get people together to have a dialogue and decide what’s important to do,” Mundy reassured the group. He will also liaise with Community Board 14, of which he is a member.
Mundy and JBTF members agreed to hold a special meeting to further discuss the Protection Plan. At press time a date had not been set.