This caught my attention, and I signed up:
On October 20th, at the Brooklyn College Student Center, there will be a symposium on the state of Jamaica Bay:
"State of the Bay: Past, Present and Future - Revisited is an all-day event featuring research by top scientists in the preservation and restoration of Jamaica Bay in New York Harbor.
Speakers will address a range of issues impacting the ecology of Jamaica Bay, a unique and irreplaceable ecological resource that has survived and often thrived alongside human habitats. Topics will include water quality and efforts to improve its habitat through projects such as marsh restoration and oyster replenishment."
Here is more information about the day, as well as directions - one of the speakers will be Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta.
The symposium starts at 8am and wraps up at 4.30pm. There is space for 300 attendees, and one must register. Soon.
The symposium is free. Anyone who registers for it will be able to join a free three hour cruise of Jamaica Bay on the 21st, aboard the one American Princess vessels.
To register for the symposium fill out this form, or email jbsymposiumrsvp (at) dep (dot) nyc (dot)gov