For thousands of years, Jamaica Bay has served as an important ecological resource for flora and fauna. The Bay has evolved over the last 25,000 years as an important and complex network of open water, salt marsh, grasslands, coastal woodlands, maritime shrublands, brackish and freshwater wetlands. Jamaica Bay, one of the largest coastal wetland ecosystems in New York State, is a component of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Gateway National Recreation Area (GNRA). The approximately 20,000 acres of water, islands, marshes, and shorelines support seasonal or year round populations of 214 species of special concern, including state and federally endangered and threatened species. Because of its geographic size and very diverse functioning natural habitats, it is no surprise that Jamaica Bay is a nationally and internationally renowned New York City location. Beginning in the 1800s, rapid urbanization and development resulted in Jamaica Bay consisting of six urban tributaries with many water quality challenges. Efforts to address water quality in Jamaica Bay date back to the 1960s, when New York City was constructing Waste Water Treatment Plants to treat sewage and industrial wastes during dry weather and to capture a portion of the combined sewage generated during wet weather. Learn more about other efforts to improve water quality in Jamaica Bay by visiting the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan.
DEP is developing a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to better understand CSO impacts on water quality within Jamaica Bay. Throughout the LTCP’s development the City collects water quality data, performs extensive modeling, holds multiple public meeting and analyzes potential projects based on costs and anticipated water quality. To learn more about the Jamaica Bay LTCP and other improvement projects, download the factsheet.
October 19, 2017 – Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, Queens
The Jamaica Bay LTCP was originally due to DEC in June 2017. DEP requested and DEC approved a one-year extension for the Jamaica Bay LTCP to June 2018 so that DEP could coordinate with other ongoing projects. On October 19th DEP presented an update on those ongoing projects.