The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has bestowed a grant to help clean up a 35-acre section of a coastal salt marsh in Long Beach often used for research and education projects.
Hofstra biology professors Jason Williams, Maureen Krause and Russell Burke will take lead roles in the cleanup, which will also include the Long
Beach School District, the Town of Hempstead Department of Conservation
and Waterways, and Operation SPLASH, a non-profit volunteer group.
The marsh is adjacent to the
Nike Alternative High School and the South Shore Environmental Center.
In a statement released by Hofstra, Williams said "Superstorm Sandy destroyed the boardwalks that everyone uses to
access the marsh. The Long Beach School District is focused on
rebuilding their schools, as it should be, but we are hoping that donors
will help us rebuild the boardwalks."
Hofstra said the initial NOAA grant is expected to grow with community
donations and that the university and the other organizers have
pledged to match the contributions dollar-for-dollar. They will also
need community volunteers to help with the cleanup efforts.
The grant will also fund research by a graduate student and two high
school students from the Long Beach School District who will investigate
salt marsh recovery after debris removal.