We’ve all heard horror stories about the environmental damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, haven’t we? The enduring image of that terrible storm remains the debris of an amusement park ride that was swept off the Jersey Shore and that sat rusting in the ocean water for six months. Other wreckage, as well, continues to endanger the coastal lakes near the Atlantic Ocean and pollute our natural environment.
Indeed, you are likely aware that dedicated and resourceful people are continuing to restore the environmental damage of Sandy. But did you know that Sandy and its after effects are continuing to restore decades of environmental damage caused by humans?
The Great South Bay of the New York City metropolitan region has been experiencing a brown tide of algae because of the effects of septic systems and wastewater treatment. The brown tide, protected from the restorative effects of the Atlantic Ocean tide by a mass of land, had been growing progressively and choking off healthier sea life.
But Sandy blasted a new channel through the land and enabled the surging ocean waters to bring oxygen and life into the algae zone. As a result, the algae bloom is now in full retreat.
The restorative effects of the simple movements of fresh water have been felt on other waterways as well. The City of New York, for instance, has installed gigantic water circulation pumps under the surface of the Gowanus Canal to help treat the toxic industrial waste of that waterway.
Nevertheless, are we complaining too vociferously about the cost that we humans must bear when healing Nature’s environmental damage of the New York shoreline? After all, we might want to pause first and consider the fact that Nature is already returning the favor in the Great South Bay.