June 15-16, 2016

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The biennial State of the Bay symposia series was initiated through a mandate of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan to bring together scientists, decision makers, and community groups to discuss relevant science knowledge and management strategies that enhance the resilience of Jamaica Bay.

For the 2016 symposium, we had a two-day program focused on the management and decision context within the Bay, community perspectives and needs, and current relevant science spanning the Bay’s socio-ecological systems. Diverse formats including plenary sessions, presentations and panel discussions, breakout working groups, and an in-the-field component, offered participants a range of engagement options. In addition, we hosted a graduate and postdoctoral student research poster session to highlight current work in the natural sciences. The symposium concluded with an evening reception at Brooklyn College.


Snapshots from 2016 State of the Bay Symposium

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Day 1

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Day 1 focused on management challenges, strategies, and priorities as well as stakeholder and community needs and perspectives. The morning featured an opening plenary panel followed by two presentation sessions. The day concluded with an afternoon boat tour of Jamaica Bay highlighting recent restoration projects, sites of ongoing research, and historically relevant locations.

Day 2

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Wine and cheese reception to follow from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Day 2 focused on the state of the current relevant science of the Bay. What is the science saying and how does that fit with local knowledge? A range of science topics including water quality, marsh restoration, storm surge modeling and hydrodynamics, the role of nature-based features, critical species and habitats, ecosystem services, and risk and community needs for resilience were addressed in both morning and afternoon sessions. The day concluded with a wine and cheese reception and presentation of graduate student and postdoctoral research posters.