Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, another victim of Superstorm Sandy

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Before Sandy and after Sandy. Note the canal at the south side of the pond

Superstorm Sandy caused a lot of damage and sorrow to the New York, and especially to the Rockaway areas. Earlier I showed some pictures of how Sandy hit the Rockaways (see here). The people of the areas that were hit have been working really hard to clear all the debris and repair the damage. One is still working, and some things shall / can never be restored. Despite all of this hard work, many areas still show the scars Sandy left. An example is the Rockaways Boardwalk which I visited a few weeks ago and which still shows not much more than the concrete pillars (see here).

But not only the human civilization suffered from Sandy. Nature itself suffered from its own destructive forces.

The canal that was created by Sandy
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for example. I visited it several times (see here). This unique ecosystem consisted of a fresh water pond with all its specific fish, birds, and plants surrounded by a beach and sea eco system. A very versatile combination that was home for many birds and other animals.

The flooding caused by Sandy did not only spoil the fresh water pond, that is something nature could restore. It also cut out a whole part of the wall that separated the fresh water from the sea, making the fresh water pond basically a bay filled with tidal (and thus salty) water.

This is a pity for the visitors of the area since they cannot walk around the basin anymore. But also a pity for nature. Fresh water plants are dying, and the fresh water organisms are dying too or are being scared away.

Let's hope the National Park Service can and will act as a FEMA for nature here.

More pictures below.

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Before Sandy and after Sandy. Note…
Before Sandy and after Sandy. Not…
The canal that was created by Sandy
The canal that was created by Sandy
View on Manhattan with the new WTC…
View on Manhattan with the new WT…
The inside pool that used to hold …
The inside pool that used to hold…
The inside pond that used to hold …
The inside pond that used to hold…
Our hike superimposed on an pre Sa…
Our hike superimposed on an pre S…
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - NY
photo by: mdalamers