2011-05-06 / Community

Jamaica Bay‘Marsh Madness’Restoration Cleanup


1. Littoral Society beach cleanup coordinator Barbara Cohen helping remove debris. 1. Littoral Society beach cleanup coordinator Barbara Cohen helping remove debris. In respect for Earth Day 2011, the American Littoral Society in partnership with Bloomberg Company, NYC Audubon, NYC Sierra Club, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, National Park Service, the “Shervin Hess Brigade” and Glendale Girl Scouts helped restore a little Gateway National Recreation Area marsh at the inlet of Jamaica Bay near Beach 193 Street in Rockaway. The group, about 75 strong, removed several tons of wood, old boat parts, plastic, Styrofoam and other debris that was covering the marsh grass. “It’s amazing what a group of dedicated volunteers can accomplish,” said Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian and coordinator of the event. “During the last two weeks we filled three dumpsters with debris that was choking the marsh.” Riepe extended special thanks to Shervin Hess who has been working for many months on this marsh restoration site and to John McLaughlin of NYCDEP for providing the dumpsters.


2. Group erecting an osprey pole and nest platform on Gateway marsh site after cleanup. The pole and platform were made from wood pulled from marsh. 2. Group erecting an osprey pole and nest platform on Gateway marsh site after cleanup. The pole and platform were made from wood pulled from marsh. After the cleanup the group erected an osprey pole and nesting platform on the site.



3. Bloomberg Company and NYC Audubon volunteers removing a derelict boat from marsh. 3. Bloomberg Company and NYC Audubon volunteers removing a derelict boat from marsh.

4. Volunteers don waders to glean floatable debris from marsh shorelines. 4. Volunteers don waders to glean floatable debris from marsh shorelines.

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