Jamaica Bay Damages Account Reports
The Jamaica Bay Damages Account (JBDA) is a Natural Resources Damages Program administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for the purpose of 'restoring, replacing or acquiring the equivalent of any natural resources determined to have been injured, destroyed or lost as a result of the release of hazardous substances' from five municipal landfills owned and operated by New York City. Following the formation of the account in the 1990s, proposals for projects eligible for JBDA funding were solicited from regional stakeholders. A list of 82 tidal wetland acquisition and restoration project proposals was compiled in 1997. Because the status of many of the original proposals has changed since the list was created ten years ago, and to better prioritize future projects for JBDA funding, the Department has updated the list and added several new projects of emerging regional importance.
Some of the following reports are offered in parts for easier (and faster) downloading. They are all PDF documents and need Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher to read them. The executive summary of each report is also offered in HTML.
Hard copy and CD versions of the documents are also available for review, by appointment only, at the Jamaica Bay Resources Library of the National Park Service. To make an appointment at the Jamaica Bay Resources Library, call 718-338-3338 ext. 226.
1. Reconnaissance Phase Report (1994)
Description: The report presents a list of potential projects considered for implementation using JBDA funding. The list was created based on input gathered from within NYSDEC and from other agencies. The report also addresses how criteria were developed to prioritize projects for implementation, and how the types and geographic distribution of projects were determined.
Note: The 1994 Reconnaissance Phase Report is broken into three pdf files for faster downloading: Pages 1-18; Pages 19-37; and Pages 38-53. The final option, "Full Report in One File", is the entire document in one pdf file and should be used with faster connection speeds.
Reconnaissance Phase Report Executive Summary in HTML
Document in One File: Reconnaissance Phase Report pdf file (2,200 kb)
2. Response to Public Comment from the Reconnaissance Phase Report and Decisions on Project Prioritization for the Planning Phase (1997)
Description: The report addresses public comment generated from the 1994 Reconnaissance Phase report. It presents the original list of projects plus additional projects proposed by the public, other governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. It also addresses issues and questions regarding project prioritization and how the fund would be administered.
Note: The 1997 Response to Public Comment from the Reconnaissance Phase Report and Decisions on Project Prioritization for the Planning Phase is broken into three pdf files for faster downloading: Pages 1-23; Pages 24-44; and Pages 45-54. The final option, "Full Report in One File", is the entire document in one pdf file and should be used with faster connection speeds.
Response to Public Comment... Executive Summary in HTML
Document in One File: Response to Public Comment... pdf file (3,338 kb)
3. 2007 Update (2007)
Description: This report addresses the current status of all projects presented in the two reports cited above, plus several new projects of growing importance in the region that have been deemed eligible for JBDA funding. Acquisition and restoration projects that are completed or on-going are discussed.
Note: The 2007 Update Report is a small enough file that it did not need to be broken up for faster downloading. The 2007 Update Report is only one file.
2007 Update Executive Summary in HTML
Document in One File: 2007 Update pdf file (588 kb)
More about Jamaica Bay Damages Account Reports:
- 2007 Update Executive Summary - HTML version of Executive Summary
- 1997 Response to Public Comment... Executive Summary - HTML version of Executive Summary
- 1994 Reconnaissance Phase Report Executive Summary - HTML version of Executive Summary