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Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay Watershed

Jamaica Bay is a 31-square-mile water body with a broader watershed of approximately 142 square miles, which includes portions of Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County. The bay is a diverse ecological resource that supports multiple habitats, including open water, salt marshes, grasslands, coastal woodlands, maritime shrublands, and brackish and freshwater wetlands. These habitats support 91 fish species, 325 species of birds, and many reptile, amphibian, and small mammal species.

Jamaica Bay Symposium
The National Park Service, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the City University of New York, and Natural Areas Conservancy are pleased to announce the Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions symposium at Kingsborough College, Brooklyn on October 17-18, 2013.
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Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection plan

Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan
On July 20, 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed a City Council bill requiring the DEP to create a watershed protection plan for the watershed/sewershed of Jamaica Bay. The legislation established a pathway towards restoring and maintaining the water quality and ecological integrity of the Bay.
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Jamaica Bay in Pictures
Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe shares some amazing pictures the Jamaica Bay Watershed – the ecological jewel of New York City.
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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States and home to an impressive array of native reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, over 60 species of butterflies and one of the largest populations of horseshoe crabs in the northeast.
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