Friday, February 3, 2012
Restoration of Jamaica Bay underway
From the Forum:
The efforts to restore Jamaica Bay—an economic staple for the local community—are one step closer to completion after a recent $7.2 million grant to make long-awaited restorations to the bay’s Yellow Bar Hassock Island.
Funding from the grant, legislators and project officials said, will be used as nearly half of a $15.5 million effort to restore roughly 50 acres of salt marsh habitat at Yellow Bar Hassock and place 300,000 cubic yards of dredged material there.
The dredging work at Yellow Bar is being handled by the Illinois-based dredging company,Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company.
Yellow Bar is the third of three key marshes in the area—the other two being Elders Point East and Elders Point West—that were recommended by a 2006 report to be fixed in order to restore three key marsh areas of the 25,000-acre bay that neighbors Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
The grant is being provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose mission statement is to provide public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen national security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters.