Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
City, Feds Working on Master Plan for Jamaica Bay Clean Up
Friday, October 28, 2011
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bloomberg administration have agreed to come up with a master plan to improve the more than 10,000 acres of Jamaica in southern Brooklyn and Queens.
David Bragdon, the city's director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, said the goal is to give New Yorkers more options for recreation.
"More kayaking, more launch points, more access to the water for people. -- trails that would connect with each other across the different parcels," he said.
But Daniel Mundy of the environmental group Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers said officials also need to provide consistent information about the quality of the water in certain areas.
"Certain areas are approved for swimming,” he said. “They're approved for fishing. In some areas, you can take fish and eat them. In a lot of areas, you can't."
As part of the agreement, the US Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to prohibit boats from dumping sewage in most parts of the Bay.