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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 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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State of the Bay - Scientific Symposium

"State of the Bay" Scientific Symposium
In October 2008 DEP convened a two-day, State of the Bay symposium highlighting emerging research on a range of issues impacting the ecology of Jamaica Bay. This recap of the symposium includes links to all presentation material in PDF format.
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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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Department of Environmental Conservation

DEP News on Jamaica Bay
Recent press releases on DEP's efforts to improve the ecology of Jamaica Bay.
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WCBS TV Joins Commissioner Cas Holloway on a Tour of Jamaica Bay
Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway toured Jamaica Bay with WCBS TV's Elise Finch to discuss DEP's efforts to improve the water quality of this ecological resource.
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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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