Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Last week’s meeting of the Jamaica Bay task force was very well attended. It was good to see a broad spectrum of people with expertise on the bay come together and voice their concerns.
Dan Mundy was on point with a heartfelt informative presentation that set the tempo for the entire evening. His factual account of data past and present spoke to the entire room, and everyone listened. They listened as one would to a pastor’s homily on Sunday morning, because he spoke with both knowledge and to our hearts. I had the good fortune of meeting Dan and sensed immediately his genuine love for our great bay. When you’re on the bay this spring and catch a fish, or watch a sunset, thank people like Dan, and Don Riepe and so many others who stand up for Jamaica Bay.
Jamaica Bay needs voices to not only tell all of its relevance in our eco system but to counter assaults that, if left unchecked, will ultimately destroy it. Strong words, but we need to realize what the impact will be if the bay is compromised and continuously left to developers and those who look at it from behind a desk. The bay is not an entity to be exploited, it is a resource to be enjoyed.
The presentations all mirrored Dan’s, each with its own unique slant, and added evidence as to the magnitude of the disaster the expanded runways will be.
Today more than ever we need to be on guard for what others deem better for us. We need to tell them what is better for us! Economics should not shroud the reality of what the ultimate outcome will be. When it comes to Jamaica Bay we should never give an inch; not one blade of marsh grass, or one fish, or bird should suffer from our negligence. Those in suits should don waders and walk the flats and marshes, breathe the salt air and perhaps see things as we do.
Herring and schools of bunker moved into the bay. Flounders are being caught and striper season opens today. Does it get any better?