Jamaica Bay‘Marsh Madness’Restoration Cleanup
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.