LI SOUND CONSORTIUM
Welcome to the Douglaston Civic Association (DCA) web page. Douglaston is a town abutting the north shore of Long Island Sound (LIS) at the very end of New York City. Douglaston has a long maritime tradition.
The DCA has served as the community’s civic association since 1910. We along with the many other communities along the north and south shores of the LIS share a deep love of the sound and a deep commitment to keeping it healthy. So many groups have struggled and succeeded in small and large ways to improve the quality of the sound.
In furtherance of that goal DCA and Congressman Tom Suozzi jointly initiated a meeting with all the stakeholders involved in preserving and protecting and cleaning up the LI Sound including our own Little Neck Bay. The purpose was to reintroduce all the stake holders and develop a joint united plan with priorities for cleaning up the LI Sound of which Little Neck Bay is a part. This will enable the group to present to Congressman Suozzi coordinated requests for funding.
Our board member Cecilia Venosta organized the effort and will continue coordinating this joint effort. DAC will host on this Web site a compendium information for all those interested in cleaning up and preserving LIS.
Separate from this Web site DCA will maintain a discussion forum for the groups. DCA May / June membership meeting will have the LIS sound A Report Card as a topic.
SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER
New Yorkers rely on swamps, fens, bogs, and wet meadows to filter pollutants from our waterways, recharge our aquifers, and absorb catastrophic floods. Yet there often appears to be little public awareness that we are filling, dredging and draining wetlands at an alarming rate – at least until we find our neighborhoods underwater or our public water supplies contaminated.
Right now, we have a rare opportunity to pass historic reforms to NY’s freshwater wetlands program, in a way that prioritizes protections for habitats that are most important to clean water and flood control, without relying upon significant new staffing resources.
Will you reach out to state lawmakers and tell them to protect wetlands in this year’s legislative session?
UDALLS COVE PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
2021 Annual Meeting of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee will be held “virtually” on Zoom on Saturday, April 10 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. We will email the link for the Zoom meeting a week in advance. If you would like to do so, you would be very welcome to share this information -- and the link when we send it -- with your own organization's membership.
Our meeting will feature a slide show of beautiful photos of birds taken by Peter Reinharz in Udalls Cove Park and nearby areas. We are sure participants will enjoy seeing Peter’s spectacular images of our avian neighbors, both familiar and rare.
52nd Annual Cleanup ... but it will not be "virtual." The only way to make a dent in the large amount of trash that has washed up on our shoreline and accumulated in our park is to spend some time outdoors with a trash bag. But we can maintain appropriate social distancing while we’re doing that. We are asking our members and friends to participate for an hour or two on Saturday morning, April 17. From 9:00 AM to Noon on that day we’ll be on the Back Road (Sandhill Road) near Aurora Pond to provide all volunteers with heavy duty trash bags, work gloves and maps suggesting locations where their help is most needed. We encourage folks to bring the family along and work as a “quaranteam” while maintaining appropriate distance from other volunteers.
The Udalls Cove Preservation Committee (UCPC) is a volunteer organization founded in 1969, dedicated to the preservation, conservation and restoration of Udalls Cove and its associated wetlands and wooded uplands. Much of the area is now protected as the Udalls Cove Wildlife Preserve, managed by the New York City Parks Department.
Udalls Cove is an inlet of Little Neck Bay, part of Long Island Sound, between the Douglaston and Great Neck peninsulas. At the head of the Cove is a large and healthy salt water marsh. Behind that, Aurora Pond lies at the center of freshwater wetlands, bounded by steep, wooded slopes.
To learn more about the UDALLS COVE PRESERVATION COMMITTTEE
Douglaston Civic Association • 917-862-3286 • • PO Box 630222, Douglaston, NY 11363