2013-12-20 / Top Stories

State Funds Awarded To Revitalize Jamaica Bay

The Regional Economic Development Council has awarded $400,000 in funding for the Jamaica Bay Habitat Restoration and Waterfront Revitalization. This project will be administered by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation in conjunction with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

“Jamaica Bay has been a longtime community gem, but its breathtaking views and grassy marsh also serve a significant purpose—storm protection,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said in a press release. “Jamaica Bay contains natural barriers that have proven to be more effective than any man-made sea wall or levee. This funding toward Jamaica Bay will not only help attract visitors and increase economic development, but it will enable our community to become more resilient against potential future storms.”

Parts of Jamaica Bay were significantly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Sunset Cove in the heart of Jamaica Bay was deteriorating for several years but matters were made worse after the storm. The money will go towards repairing Sunset Cove and surrounding vital coastal ecosystems of Jamaica Bay to create natural barriers and better protect residents. This funding also includes plans to potentially increase the waterfront for public access with construction of a small boardwalk and expanding nearby recreational opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.

“The Jamaica Bay EcoWatcher's commend Governor Cuomo and Assemblyman Goldfeder for their commitment to help our storm affected communities rebuild in a more resilient manner and to better prepare for future storm events,” Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association said. “This award will restore our coastal wetlands which will provide protection for our vulnerable residential neighborhood. When completed, Sunset Cove will consist of not only restored wetlands but oyster wave breaks, tidal dune protection and a coastal forest. In addition to using natural features to produce a storm buffer, the area will allow for public access to some of the most scenic waterfront views in NYC and encourage education for school children on coastal protection through walking trails and a wetlands boardwalk. It is a visionary approach to the threats that our coastal communities will face in the years to come.”

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