On YouTube: Jamaica Bay Community Flood Watch Project
Jamaica Bay / NYC - News


Helen Cheng, NYSG's Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist, E: helen.cheng@cornell.edu P: (718)-951-5415

Brooklyn, NY, January 20, 2019 - Queens residents are being asked to take part in a pilot program where they report flooding in their own communities in the hopes that those issues are going to be resolved in some way.

As seen on NY1, the Jamaica Bay Community Flood Watch Project is being run by the Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay (SRIJB). The program trains residents how to document flood data from places around Jamaica Bay. Information is then shared with scientists and city officials who address flooding concerns.

"If we can get on-the-ground information the more we can better our research as well as better prepare our residents for future coastal hazards," says New York Sea Grant's Coastal Resilience Specialist Helen Cheng, whose position is supported through a partnership with the SRIJB.

If you want to take part, the pilot program is expected to run until at least the end of this year, but it could last into 2020.

The outreach program that Cheng heads up, which is detailed online at nyseagrant.org/jamaicabay and srijb.org, focuses on community engagement and research efforts to enhance resilience for the communities within the Jamaica Bay Watershed.

NY1 (Spectrum News NY1) serves Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island and provides 24-hour local news, politics, features and weather seven days a week. NY1, which first launched on September 8, 1992, shares content with over 30 local news and regional sports networks, owned and operated by Charter Communications. The network is available for Spectrum cable customers throughout New York City’s five boroughs as well as on Altice systems on Long Island, in Westchester County and Hudson Valley, New York; Northern Bergen County and Morris County, New Jersey; as well as in Hartford and Bridgeport, Connecticut and in North Carolina.

More Info: New York Sea Grant and SRIatJB

The Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) is a research center focused on enhancing environmental, social, and economic resilience in communities of Jamaica Bay funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the City of New York.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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