Federal Grant Will Help Restore Jamaica Bay’s Oysters and Wetlands – Broad Channel – DNAinfo.com New York

18 Jun

More than $16 million has been slotted for a series of projects that will help protect and revitalize the city’s coastline, including one that will help fund the restoration of Jamaica Bay’s oyster population and wetlands.The grants, part of $100 million given out for projects along the Atlantic coast, were announced Monday by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and are funded through the billions of dollars allocated for recovery after Hurricane Sandy.”We are taking the lessons learned from this natural disaster to help local communities strengthen natural barriers between themselves and major storms such as Sandy that can cause major flooding and other damage,” Jewell said in a statement.Three of the winning projects in New York City will help strengthen and restore Jamaica Bay, including replanting wetlands grass in Broad Channel.The project to restore oysters received a $1 million grant.Oysters — which up until the early 1900s thrived in Jamaica Bay — can clean the water in the bay and local activists and environmental groups have been working to restore them.

via Federal Grant Will Help Restore Jamaica Bay's Oysters and Wetlands – Broad Channel – DNAinfo.com New York.

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