2006-05-05 / Community

Saving Jamaica Bay...One Small Marsh at a Time

Rockaway resident, Doris Harris (l.) , and Helga Theocarides (r.) add a large piece of wood to the pile Rockaway resident, Doris Harris (l.) , and Helga Theocarides (r.) add a large piece of wood to the pile "Every day should be Earth Day," said Barbara Toborg of Broad Channel. On April 29, the American Littoral Society organized a cleanup and marsh restoration project at the East 12th Road salt marsh in Broad Channel. A total of 30 volunteers attended, including students from Hofstra University, Scholars Academy of Rockaway, and Pace University. Broad Channel residents included Mike Tubridy, Janet Brady, Glenn Marcisak, Kate Willsen, Peter Willsen, Michael Henglein, and Sean Abell. Together, the group removed over 2 tons of wood, plastic, tires, glass, and other debris that was impacting marsh growth. They then planted 200 plugs of native salt marsh cord grass (Spartina alterniflora) to fill in some bare spots.

"It's a pilot project, funded by a grant from NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration," said Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian. "We'll

monitor the site over the summer to see how well the formerly impacted area grows in, as well as how the new grass planting does. If it's successful, we'll plan a larger scale planting for next spring. In the meantime, we will work on several other small marshes this summer and fall. Removing large amounts of debris allows the marsh to recover and fill in the impacted spaces".

The entire group that worked to clean up the bay and to plant marsh grass for Earth Day. The entire group that worked to clean up the bay and to plant marsh grass for Earth Day. Broad Channel resident, Mike Tubridy, pitches in and removes some old floats and moorings from East12 Road marsh Broad Channel resident, Mike Tubridy, pitches in and removes some old floats and moorings from East12 Road marsh Students from Scholars Academy of Rockaway plant marsh grass at Earth Day/Arbor Day event. Students from Scholars Academy of Rockaway plant marsh grass at Earth Day/Arbor Day event. Students from Hofstra and Pace Universities help remove some of the 2-tons of debris impacting the marsh on the Earth Day cleanup. Students from Hofstra and Pace Universities help remove some of the 2-tons of debris impacting the marsh on the Earth Day cleanup.

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