2006-09-29 / Community

Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Meeting

A fourth public meeting will be convened to discuss the progress of the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan (JBWPP) on Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ryan Visitors Center at Floyd Bennett Field.

The meeting will provide information on the development of the JBWPP, visual project information and a presentation by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and Advisory Committee. There will be time provided for the public to make comments and recommendations related to potential watershed protection plan strategies.

In July 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 71 into effect, which creates a plan to restore and maintain the quality and ecological integrity of Jamaica Bay. The law also established the Advisory Committee to advise the NYCDEP and provide recommendations concerning the JBWPP.

In January and February 2006, the NYCDEP and Advisory Committee held two public meetings to provide information to the watershed community about Local Law 71 and the current issues facing Jamaica Bay, and to obtain public scoping comments. A project update was given in June of 2006 where NYCDEP provided additional information regarding goal development and potential management strategies of the JBWPP.

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