CHURCH OF GOD VOLUNTEERS PLANT SALT MARSHES TO PREVENT FUTURE STORM SURGES IN JAMAICA BAY

Superstorm Sandy devastated the Rockaways leaving hundreds of families to piece together their destroyed homes and ruined memories. Volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God wasted no time and spent more than two weeks helping families drain out flooded basements and salvage as much as possible.

In the spring time, volunteers returned to the area and joined the American Littoral Society to plant salt marshes, which would help prevent future storm surges.

More than 100 volunteers from the Churches in Manhattan, Queens and northern New Jersey were ferried out by boat to a piece of dry land in the middle of Jamaica Bay. In the hot June sun, volunteers worked for hours to plant one marsh.

Industrial development and pollution have destroyed the marshes in the Bay. Salt marshes help the area from storm surges but also provide a habitat for wildlife.

Over the past five years, Church of God volunteers have been committed to helping restore Jamaica Bay and protect its habitat by carrying out different kinds of environmental protection events, like beach cleanups. We hope to continue our work in Jamaica Bay and help rebuild the Rockaways.