New York’s Marshes Destined for an Early Death

August 3, 2007 at 3:17 pm (environment, frightening things) (, , )

Once estimated that New York City’s saltwater marshes would be destroyed by 2024, it’s now believed that they won’t last longer than 2012 due to the reckless dumping of untreated sewage.

Treehugger explains how this is happening and why it’s a problem:

 Home to more than 80 fish species, the islands of Jamaica Bay also serve as a resting stop for almost 20% of North America’s migratory birds and provide flood protection for the city. Over time, what has happened is that as the tidal creeks on the islands have been expanding, the vegetated areas — first turning into mud flats and then sand flats — have been slowly disappearing. From 1924 to 1999 the bay lost close to half of its tidal wetlands, with recent losses — from 2003 to 2005 — accelerating at an even faster clip.

An earlier, related post here.

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