The Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society recently received an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding work in helping restore the marshes of Jamaica Bay.
The group also has provided many educational walks and programs for a variety of groups and the general public over the years. “We started the chapter in 1980,” recalled Don Riepe, the longtime director of the organization. “Each year our programs educate several thousand young and old about the ecological, economic and aesthetic values of Jamaica Bay, a great urban resource. In recent years we have teamed up with the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers to work toward restoring the valuable marshes of the bay.”
At the award presentation, above, are Tim Dillingham, left, president of the American Littoral Society; Judith Enck, EPA Region 2 director; Riepe and Elizabeth Stoehr, the American Littoral Society’s northeast chapter program director.