No downpour could keep the Littoral Society “Bayrats” from their appointed rounds — planting saltmarsh cordgrass on the newly-created Ruler’s Bar marsh in Jamaica Bay, above.
The “Bayrats” are a group of young students hired by the Littoral Society for the summer to help with the project, including Andrew O’Reilly, top, working in the rain alongside a hungry shorebird. They spent last weekend seeding an eight-acre site, which is being planted with 88,000 plugs of cordgrass to help reconstruct the eroding marsh. Aside from Ruler’s Bar, a larger 14-acre marsh named Black Wall is being seeded as well for comparison.
Don Riepe, president of the American Littoral Society’s northeast chapter, said by next season the group should know whether the small plugs or just seeding works best in terms of survival and growth rates.