Gallery: Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jam...

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In a huge victory for environmental advocacy and green activism, four environmental groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reached a legal settlement that guarantees significant improvements to restore and preserve Jamaica Bay. Jamaica Bay has more than 25,000 acres of water, marsh, meadowlands, beaches, dunes and forests, making it an important wildlife refuge encompassing Brooklyn and Queens, but decades of pollution from city sewage treatment plants, and general neglect have caused severe damage to the bay. The Bay currently has some of the highest nitrogen levels in the world.

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