2011-06-24 / Top Stories

Jamaica Bay Cleanup Efforts Continue


Dan Mundy of EcoWatchers secures a boat for removal by the bay guardian boat. Dan Mundy of EcoWatchers secures a boat for removal by the bay guardian boat. For the past eight years or so, Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian, and Dan Mundy, the president of Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers, have been working with Gateway NRA to remove old boats and floatable debris from Jamaica Bay marshes and shorelines. To date, over 200 old boats and many old dock parts have have been removed from impacting the marshes and polluting the bay. Last week, after getting a call from Marlen Waaijer in Rockaway, they pulled an abandoned boat from the shoreline in front of her house in Norton Basin.

“Later in the day, we tried to corral a 50-foot section of old dock that was floating in the south channel but the current was too strong,“ said Riepe. “So I called the US Park Police and US Coast Guard and hoped that they would respond, as this was a potential hazard to navigation.“


Derelict dock being towed. Derelict dock being towed. This summer they hope to assess the debris situation and coordinate efforts with local groups and NPS to continue the process.

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