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Rulers Bar/Blackwall island update 10 29 15 Elizabeth Manclarke-ALS

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Fall 2015 update on progress on Rulers Bar and Blackwall wetland restoration island projects--By Elizabeth Manclark ALS

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Rulers Bar/Blackwall island update 10 29 15 Elizabeth Manclarke-ALS

  1. 1.  1,400 acres of tidal wetlands loss in Jamaica Bay since 1924  Marsh deterioration continues at a rate of over 44 acres per year  Nitrogen impact on water quality of the bay HistoryHistory
  2. 2.  Re-create two wetland islands: Rulers Bar and Black Wall  Restore 30+ Acres of Critical Habitat  Reduce cost per acre vs independent contractor  Provide coastal protection for vulnerable communities  Engage Volunteers and Youth groups as stewards
  3. 3.  Jamaica Bay Ecowatcher’s and American Littoral Society  NYS DEC  ACOE  NYC DEP  National Park Service  NYC DPR  Community Volunteers
  4. 4.  Began with Sand Placement by ACOE  Fall 2012 Seed Collection by volunteers  Spring/Summer 2013 volunteers and youth group planted on Rulers bar-12 Acres  Black Wall Island seeded – 16 Acres
  5. 5. Community Planting Days
  6. 6.  Experiment  Effort to reduce cost  Entire 16 acres seeded  Transport of Equipment a Challenge
  7. 7.  Initially assessed in April 2014  Second assessment with the Environmental Firm in Late May 2014  No growth noted over the 16 acres  Similar results were reported for Adjacent Yellow Bar Island Agreement Reached for Environmental Firm to Procure 40,000 plugs to plant in 2014 and 2015
  8. 8.  2013 – 88,000 plugs on Rulers Bar  2014 – 54,000 plugs on Ruler’s Bar and Black Wall  2015 – 25,500 Plugs on Black Wall  167,500
  9. 9. Fence MaintenanceFence Maintenance
  10. 10. • Over 3000 volunteers participated
  11. 11.  Corporate/Non-Profit Partners  NYC Audubon  Google  HarborLAB  Mitsui  Sony  Georgia TAP  Aveda  Bloomberg  Estee Lauder  Green Teens  Hour Children  Citizen’s Committee for NY  NY Cares  FDNY Youth  NYC Parks Resiliency Corps Corporate/Non-Profit Partners
  12. 12. Restoration Corps Youth Group
  13. 13. Black Wall Osprey PlatformBlack Wall Osprey Platform  Platform placed Summer 2014  First nested pair of Osprey Spring 2015 with 2 young
  14. 14.  Seeding does not seem to be a viable option  Distance between plugs during planting can be increased  Cost of Fencing installation and maintenance unnecessary vs benefit Lessons LearnedLessons Learned  Tremendous cost savings can lead to more restoration efforts in the bay  Habitat and ecology of the sites quickly restored
  15. 15.  Restored 30+ Acres of Salt Marsh  Community-led Marsh Restoration is a sustainable and economically- viable model for restoring wetlands  Planting of Plugs reduced from $2.25 per plug to $1.00 per plug  Provided a “green infrastructure” answer to the problem of community vulnerability, and engaged community members as stewards  Restored critical wildlife habitat  Demonstrated the strength of partnerships between Governmental Agencies, Communities, Stake holders and Local Non-Profit groups  Provided much need youth employment
  16. 16. OSPREY HUNTING OVER THE NEW ISLANDS

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