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Visit Jamaica Bay Without Leaving the Classroom
During EstuaryLive '06

Contacts:

Laura Bartovics, New York Sea Grant
NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program / New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-637-3889 / E-mail: info@harborestuary.org

Cathy Yuhas, New Jersey Sea Grant
NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program / New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-637-3889 / E-mail: info@harborestuary.org

New York, NY, September 20, 2006 - People visit New York City's Jamaica Bay without realizing it whenever their planes touch down on JFK's southern runway. But now students in classrooms from around the world will be able to visit this dynamic urban estuary LIVE via the Internet when the New York - New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program hosts "EstuaryLive" on Friday, September 29 at 12:10 PM. This interactive program, broadcast from Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay, Queens, is coordinated by the Sea Grant programs in New Jersey and New York.

The hour-long event will focus on the importance of coastal wetlands to people and nature, the disappearance of salt marshes in Jamaica Bay, and the roles we can all play in understanding and improving the health of the estuary. Participants will explore the estuary through activities such as testing water chemistry, seining for fish and other aquatic organisms, and seeing the progress of salt marsh restoration and monitoring. Throughout the program, students will be asked to contemplate the actions they might take as stewards of the estuary.

"This site will, perhaps more than most, highlight the interface between development and our natural wetlands and give students demonstrations of how we are trying to recover these important habitats," says New York Sea Grant Director Dr. Jack Mattice. "EstuaryLive is an innovative way to capture students' imaginations and help them learn."

Says Dr. Michael Weinstein, Director of the NJ Sea Grant Consortium, "NJ Marine Sciences Consortium and the NJ Sea Grant Program are extremely pleased to once again be part of EstuaryLive. The program fits beautifully into the National Policy for Improved Science Literacy and will help attract a whole new generation of scientists into the marine science discipline."

The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary is one of four sites across the country hosting "Estuary Live" broadcasts on September 29. The national program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), kicks off National Estuaries Day, a celebration of the magical places where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the ocean.

According to Robert M. Nyman, Director of the NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program, "Jamaica Bay is an extremely valuable natural resource, not only as habitat for the Harbor Estuary's diverse wildlife, but as a recreational destination and outdoor classroom for citizens of the metropolitan region. The Estuary Live broadcast provides a unique opportunity to engage new audiences in understanding and becoming involved in the many issues affecting the bay and estuary."

During "Estuary Live," students will be able to email questions directly to naturalists on-site who will answer them live throughout the program. The goal of "Estuary Live" is to provide an opportunity for students around the world to experience, in real-time, a field trip to the unique habitat of an estuary. For more information about "EstuaryLive," please visit www.estuaries.gov.

 

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