I rushed out to the refuge this morning and Leanor was not exaggerating, the West Pond Trail had indeed taken a pounding. Many of the benches on the West Pond Trail were all gone. Huge swaths of the trail was washed away, but the worst was near bench 4, where an entire section of the West Pond Trail was obliterated; thus, creating a flow from Pumpkin Channel into the West Pond. This cannot be good for a fresh water pond like the West Pond and so National Park Service will have their work cut out for them to get things in order. Perhaps engaging groups like the Army Core of Engineers to help??
One silver lining from this, if one is to remain optimistic is, that maybe funding for this disaster will enable NPS to repair the outflow on the West Pond, which was already broken. In any case, if there are any volunteer cleanup efforts, for the refuge, I will try and get groups together to assist. Lets hope for the best for our beloved Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Oh and if you are wondering about the East Pond. Well, lets just say a Kayak would be needed to bird the pond at the moment.
|Where the very first bench used to be on the West Pond Trail.|
|Parts of the West Pond Trail washed away - deeper than it looks.|
|Where bench #1 used to be on the West Pond Trail|
|Debris washed up on the West Pond Trail.|
|Parts of the West Pond Trail was obliterated!|
|Water flowing freely from Pumpkin Channel into the West Pond.|
|Someone's boat washed up onto the marsh at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.|
|A closer look at the washed away section of the West Pond Trail.|
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