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NYC Pledges To Improve Jamaica Bay Water Quality


City and State officials agree to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in Jamaica Bay.

New York City and New York State Officials have signed agreements to improve the water quality and wildlife habitat in Jamaica Bay.

The agreements were announced Monday. They'll require the city Department of Environmental Protection to invest in nitrogen treatment systems at four wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the bay. The estimated cost is $100 million.

The city will also spend $2 million to restore marsh habitats.

The agreements continue years of efforts to improve Jamaica Bay water quality by the city and state together with environmental groups.

National Resources Defense Council President Peter Lehner said the agreements will help the bay reverse a legacy of disappearing marshlands and polluted water.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called Jamaica Bay an unparalleled environmental, recreational and economic resource for New Yorkers.