Tuesday, June 27

Saving Queens’ Secret Wetlands

Asters grow around the old reservoir.
"One early-March afternoon in 2007, Rob Jett climbed through a hole in a chain-link fence and thought he had entered a lost world. He and two fellow bird-watchers rappelled into a dense swamp forest of birch and sweetgum, mosses and lichens. They were standing in ankle-deep water in the west basin of the 160-year-old Ridgewood Reservoir, the last vestige of Brooklyn’s old waterworks, smack on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Inside this wilderness, the sounds of the city faded away above the reservoir’s stone levees. ... Jett, 61, had never seen a place like it, even though he had grown up only two miles away and for years had been writing about bird-watching throughout the city. The reservoir was once important to the growth of Brooklyn as it became one of the largest cities in the country. ..."
Following Hook Creek Through Ghost Towns and Wetlands
The Nature Conservancy: New York - Protecting Wetlands and Marshes
NY Times: Come On In, the Swamp Is Fine; Wetland Beauty Restored, Just Off Flatbush Avenue (Aug. 24, 2000)
[PDF] Wetlands Strategy

Kensinger Hook Creek. Located just across Rockaway Boulevard.