Estuary Live'Broadcast At Jamaica Bay
Students from around the country, as well as around the world, watched the program from their classrooms and were able to submit questions to the on-site experts. On hand were representatives from Gateway National Recreation Area, Environmental Protection Agency, NYSDEC, Army Corps of Engineers, Columbus University, Dan Mundy from the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, Mickey Cohen from the American Littoral Society and Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian. Students from Beach Channel High School and Explore 2000 were there to help out and learn about the bay's ecology and concerns.
Highlights included seining (a system of catching fish or marine life with nets) for crabs, fish and other marine life, water chemistry testing, sediment sampling and discussions about marsh loss. Local environmentalists Riepe and Mundy answered student questions about birds, horseshoe crabs and stewardship. The event was filmed by Metrovision and coordinated by Laura Bartovics of New York Sea Grant. For more information about the program visit www.estuaries.gov.