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[ EarthShare Member Groups Respond to Hurricane Sandy ]

EarthShare Members Respond to Sandy

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Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society


EarthShare has member
charities located up and down the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy,
the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, hit on October 29, 2012. A number of those
charities have seen damage to their facilities and in some cases have lost
their headquarters entirely

Here’s an update on the status of some of our affected member groups and what you can do to support them and clean up and restoration efforts in the area. We’ll keep you posted as more opportunities to get involved become available:


The headquarters of EarthShare
New Jersey
members Save Barnegat Bay, Clean Ocean Action, American
Littoral Society
, and Clean Water Fund NJ were all
evacuated due to the storm.  Clean Ocean
Action has announced volunteer
opportunities
for beach cleanups on their website.

The Wildlife Conservation Society suffered terrible damage to one
of its flagship properties, the New
York Aquarium in Coney Island
. The storm surge completely flooded the
facility, although fortunately the vast majority of the animals in the
collection survived, including all the marine mammals. To learn more about
damage to the aquarium, click here.

Save the Bay’s Newport Aquarium in Rhode Island also saw severe damage in the storm and remains closed as of this publish date. All the animals survived the storm and have been moved to other facilities. Update
here
.

As well as being champions for our beaches and oceans, Surfrider NYC and other members of the surf community have been at ground zero for Sandy Relief. They’ve gone door to door distributing supplies to people affected by the storm, have dropped off supplies at distribution centers, and helped clean up parks. In Manhattan the group organized a center for water distribution; in Long Island, they brought two 15-passenger vans of volunteers to Long Beach to help the community clean up.

New York Riverkeeper is offering Critical Cleanup Tips for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses dealing with flooding from Sandy.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has established the Hurricane Sandy Wildlife Response Fund
to conduct rapid assessments of the ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy and
assist with urgent remedial needs. Impacted species, including shorebirds and
waterbirds, will be a key focus. In addition, the Fund will provide immediate
assistance to support remedial actions for migratory birds and other important
fish and wildlife species during this important fall migration season.

The Wetlands Institute in
Stone Harbor, NJ suffered major losses to the dock and boardwalk facilities
which are critical for their educational and community programs.  Additionally, the salt water pumping facility
that supports the aquarium operations was damaged. The Natural Resource
Education Foundation of New Jersey
also lost their dock and took water
into some of the cabins and boathouse.

The New York Botanical Garden had
damage to their property
during the storm, including at least 100 trees
down in their native forest. Some of the trees were well over 100 years old.

Parks &
Trails New York
reports that many parks in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long
Island, including state parks, were hit hard by the storm; it may cost hundreds
of millions of dollars to rehabilitate. Severe flooding and downed trees have ensured that many parks will
remain closed indefinitely. To learn more and find out how you can volunteer to
help, visit Parks & Trails New York Sandy page. New Yorkers for Parks is also providing updates on their Facebook page about volunteer opportunities.The New York Restoration Project and the New York-New Jersey Trail
Conference
are also working on post-Sandy cleanup in New York and New
Jersey parks.

The Ocean Conservancy shared their thoughts about the hurricane and the impact of extreme weather in two posts: What Can We Learn From Sandy? and  In the Wake of Sandy, which talks
about the important work marine groups are doing to ensure that coastlines
around the country are resilient in the face of super storms like Sandy.
Healthy wetlands and oyster beds are integral to protecting our coastlines from
storm surges and rising seas.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ is dealing with an influx of shorebirds that have been
displaced as a result of the high winds and size of the storm. Their wildlife
hospital even took in a red-billed tropic bird, which one would usually find in
the Antilles Islands.

Surfrider Foundation released this statement pertaining to the storm, and you can keep tabs on what their chapters in Southern Jersey, the Jersey shore and New York are doing to clean up and rebuild in the wake of the hurricane.

 

How You Can
Help:

In addition
to committing some of your time to volunteer cleanup projects, you can support the work
of these and dozens of other environmental groups in the region with a
donation. Please consider making a workplace giving donation or a contribution through
EarthShare New York, EarthShare New England, and/or EarthShare New
Jersey
.

 

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