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$3.6M for new bay institute

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it is allocating $3.6 million toward the new science and resiliency institute planned at Jamaica Bay.

The center, which was announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in the Rockaways in August, is a joint venture with the Rockefeller Foundation that aims to study resilience in urban coastal ecosystems with a focus on Jamaica Bay. Its efforts seek to develop information and tools to better manage coastal resources, better predict the impacts of climate change on urban ecosystems and enhance the response to catastrophic events such as Hurricane Sandy and contaminant spills. The institute will have a brick-and-mortar location in the Rockaways eventually, but will be Manhattan-based to start and will include field research in Jamaica Bay.

The $3.6 million is part of a larger $162 million allocation from the National Park Service announced on Oct. 23 to 45 specific projects along the Northeast coast stemming from Hurricane Sandy, including marsh restoration and coastal flood mitigation.

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