Saving Jamaica Bay

Thursday, August 09, 2001

The island marshes in Jamaica Bay are disappearing at an alarming rate... at least 40 acres a year. A local group of amateur conservationists - they’re called Ecowatchers - have spent years trying to persuade authorities to study the loss. The bay's wetlands are a critical stopover point for thousands of migratory birds... and protect coastal areas from flooding and wave damage. On a walk along the water's edge, 22 year park service veteran Don Repee points out the wildlife...and some of the bay's damaged islands...

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