Manhattan WetLands & WildLife Association
North Cove, Sherman Creek, & “Three Sister Coves”
Stewardship - Science - Rehabilitation – Restoration – Education
Ecological Conservation – Community Leadership
Sustainability, Management, Education
Protection, Preservation and Enhancement of Public Health and the Environment.
(EPA 2012 environmental quality award)
|Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife (doing business as Inwood Hill Sherman Creek) is officially working on the “20 Year Master Plan for NewYor City Parks”Along with clean up, the grass roots community based organization named Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife, (MWAWA), performing wetlands restoration and enhancement, (re-cleans daily) and manages the site daily for new illegal point source pollution, and public access. Further, MWAWA monitors, documents, and care for wildlife and plant life. Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association, a.k.a. Inwood Hill /Sherman Creek Wildlife Trust is recognized as working on the New York City 20 year Master Plan on the New York City Parks Web site. For approximately four years James “the bird man” Cataldi has at his sole expense has been removing pollution in and around the North Cove, along the shore line, and at the street levels, at no cost the the tax payers, and to date only financial support from family members.
In February 2010 New York City’s Community Board 12, approved the NYCEDC Master Plan for the water front between 208th street and 190th along the west side of the Harlem River. In the plan Manhattan Urban Wildlife Association was officially recognized as the wetlands restoration association performing work at North Cove. Today, MUWA, is Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife. The plan provided an estimate clean up and restoration expense of approximately 10 million dollars plus an annual operations budget. (with no funding source). However to date no tax payers money has contributed to the wetlands clean up effort, started approximately fours years ago. An estimate 900 cubic yards of pollution and industrial point source waste has been removed, saving the city, and tax payers over an estimated 6 million dollars. All debris marine and point source pollution and industrial waste is properly sorted and recycled. And the property and associated parking lot is maintained pollution free, with virtually all illegal dumping has stopped for about 3.5 years because families and the public started to respect what Cataldi is doing, and started to care North Cove and surrounding and take neighborhood pride in the North Cove wildlife sanctuary. Today North Cove being visited by hundreds of new migratory arrivals, sand pipers (small migrating birds feeding in the un vegetated mud flats at North Cove), observed this summer for the first time in four years. As well, people are seeing sand pipers at the two coves to the south, Sherman Creek and Swindlers Cove, supporting the growing that North Cove is part of a larger estuary Cove.complex.
New York Multi – Year international high school Internship Programming for the betterment of newly arriving emigrants, as well as the public, families, and wildlife. The year round internship program is completely self funded, directly supporting neighborhood growth.
MWAWA after completing it’s fourth internship program in July 2012, is preparing for the fall program to start in September. The program in just the last week of the summer program removed over 18 tires, 6 large half buried carpets, and over 12 cubic yards of pollution weighing an estimated 15 tons, much of which was broken glass. The fall program will enter a new phase of incorporating Environmental Protection Agency restoration and monitoring best practices and guidelines. And start a new science and analytics focus, working with industry scientists and environmental leaders. This is in addition to working on students personal growth, and building more drive for pursuing excellence.
Stewardship of international migratory path landing places, (migration points)
North Cove (NYC, Inwood’s North Cove) is recognized by on google earth and google map as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Member of National Wildlife Federation, Now applying to be recognized as a National Federation Wildlife Site.
Science and quality assurance management in accordance with us army corp of engineers, and United States Environmental Protection Agency best practices and guidelines for clean up and environmental impact studies
North Cove Restoration project is leveraging new relations with US EPA, and taking a more analytical science based approach to the clean up and monitoring effort. The project also is preparing to collect data on environmental impact of mass development on the water shed. (place where rain, and snow melt flow into the river). As well is establishing plans to accommodate dramatic climate change including change in ocean levels)
MWAWA is investing heavily in building common interests and plans with traditional and non traditional partners
Non traditional partnerships
North Cove, an open space for multiple uses, and a place of inspiration
Current water fowl release site and Future home of federally licensed Wild Bird Fund’s orphaned baby duck soft release facility planned opening in spring 2013, and state licensed wildlife rehabilation mobile facility (on water and wheels)