Can the City — and the Oyster — Save Jamaica Bay?

May 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Wildlife

The largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States sits adjacent to Kennedy Airport, near the high-rise apartments of Starrett City and the Rockaway housing projects. Home to the peregrine falcon, the loggerhead sea turtle, the short-eared owl, the area — Jamaica Bay — at the intersection of Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, serves as a stopover for 20 percent of American bird species on their annual migration along the East Coast.

Now, the federal state and city governments, prodded by citizen’s groups, have stepped up their efforts to preserve the area. This year, government and private groups collaborated to update the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan to try to avert disaster in the urban refuge. Whether government will keep its commitment and whether its actions can reverse the decades of deterioration remains to be seen.

via Can the City — and the Oyster — Save Jamaica Bay? (Gotham Gazette, May 2010).

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