Despite years of effort to reduce pollution to the bay, its marshes keep on disappearing, in part because of still-high nitrogen levels but also because of climate change.

A Video Visit to Jamaica Bay

The bay is considered the crown jewel of the city’s green spaces, home to hundreds of species of birds, fishes and marine life. It’s a ecosystem unique within the entire Northeast coast just a hour subway ride from downtown Manhattan. The proximity to the city makes Jamaica Bay a unique wild environment in urban setting but is also its major threat.