Association of State Wetland Managers - Protecting the Nation's Wetlands.

Vies from the blog-o-sphere

bos2Urbanization is Cutting Off Life Support to NYC’s Wetlands

Earth Institute – Columbia University State of the Planet – September 24, 2018
Historically, salt marshes have not only served as ecological nurseries for fish, birds, and other wildlife—they’ve been stalwart defenses against coastal storms. But recently, coastal development coupled with accelerated sea level rise has threatened wetlands across the globe. Among them are the salt marshes in New York City’s Jamaica Bay, an 18,000-acre estuary bordered by Queens and Brooklyn. Using sediment cores to trace the evolution of Jamaica Bay’s wetlands, a team led by researchers within Columbia’s Earth Institute finds that urbanization is weakening the shoreline and starving the marshes of vital mineral sediment, causing their gradual but dramatic erosion. Read full blog post here.

This entry was posted in wetlands and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Web Analytics