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A mysterious 2-mile long oil slick appeared Thursday on Sandy Hook Bay, the 400-foot wide diesel spill causing environmental concerns. Coast Guard and Parks officials worried the contamination could endanger the seal population that migrates to the area every winter. [NBC News4 New York]
NBC News4 New York: The Coast Guard worked into the night setting up a boom over a culvert in an effort to catch the oil before it could reach the environmentally sensitive, and popular horseshoe cove tidal marsh.
Great and harbor seals are known to migrate to Sandy Hook Bay, and the National Park Service says the animals have already moved there for the season.
Officials at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine said the food supply for the seals could be compromised. If fish ingest the oil, the officials explained, and a seal eats enough of those fish, the seal could die.
Officials said the oil sheen also threatens the sea water intake pipe for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries lab on Sandy Hook.
The cause of the oil slick is under investigation.
Read more from NBC News4 New York here…
The Hudson River Park Trust announced Clarkson University will lead the development and operation of a new state-of-the-art Estuarium on Pier 16 on the Hudson River in Tribeca, as reported by The New York Times.
The Hudson River Park Pier 26 Estuarium will focus on river ecology, and will combine on-site research facilities with educational programming, interactive exhibits, classrooms and lecture spaces.
The New York Times: The center will occupy the end of the 840-foot pier, between North Moore and Hubert Streets. With a footprint of about 12,000 square feet, the estuarium will have instruments and sensors to collect data to monitor things like water quality and salinity from the river.
While there will be some research activity, the center’s primary focus will be educational, with classrooms, a wet laboratory and exhibits.
Construction is expected to begin on the estuarium in 2017. Plans also call for a new deck and landscaping on Pier 26. The expectation is that Clearwater, which operates educational programs aboard a replica of a cargo sloop, will eventually berth at the pier. This summer a boathouse opened there, offering free kayaking to the public.
Clarkson, based in Potsdam, N.Y., already runs the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, some 50 miles up the Hudson River from the park. And the university will lead a consortium that includes the New York Hall of Science and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to devise and run programs at the future estuarium.
Read more from The New York Times here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee