2011-03-25 / Community

Littoral Society, Church Of God Clean Jamaica Bay Marsh

The Littoral Society along with young members of the Church of God, a Christian group from New York and New Jersey, came out in force to do what a spokesperson called “God’s work,” by removing several tons of heavy wood and other debris from a Gateway National Recreation Area marsh near Breezy Point.

According to Don Riepe, the cleanup’s organizer, about 200 people showed up last Sunday at the site near the Rocky Point Yacht Club and Jamaica Bay. At the same time, another 100 people cleaned Plumb Beach across the bay near Knapp Street and the Belt Parkway, in Brooklyn.

“This is part of our spring offensive to remove debris from Jamaica Bay shorelines before the summer season starts,“ said Riepe. “Removing this debris not only makes the beaches more aesthetically pleasing for people but keeps horseshoe crabs and shorebirds from becoming entangled in old fishing line and plastic. Removing impacting wood allows marsh grasses to flourish. Kudos to volunteers Shervin and Tony Luscombe for their countless hours of initial work on this marsh.” The society plans to partner with Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers, NYCDEP, NYC Sierra Club and NYC Audubon on an EARTH DAY cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same site. For more information or to join in, call the Littoral Society at 718-318-9344; or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

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