On Friday, May 13, 2016 at a ceremony at the Ted Weiss Federal Building in lower Manhattan, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 2) awarded Helen Hays a “2016 Environmental Champion Award For Exceptional Work to Protect the Environment”.
Hurricane Sandy took outthe Great Gull Island dock
in 2012. The American Museum of Natural History received a grant from
FEMA to repair the dock. In October 2015 we heard from Mohawk Northeast,
the construction company building the dock,
that on October 14/15 the last pieces of the dock would be put in
place. The pictures you see in the attachment were taken by Keith
Neilson, Project Engineer on the dock.
Of course, we wanted to see the dock and use it as
soon as possible. I called Captain Main and he suggested we go to Great
Gull on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 when calm seas and warm weather were
predicted. I went to Connecticut on Tuesday
and stayed overnight with Jim and Barbara Sorensen. Barbara drove me to the New London Railroad Station Wednesday
morning where Lottie Prushinsky met me. Lottie and I drove to Captain
Main’s. Bob Kane had already arrived and we all headed for Great Gull at
nine o’clock. By 9:30 we all climbed out on the dock and viewed the wonderful long vista between the loading dock and the island itself.
The dock is beautiful and looks indestructible!
Lots of steel has been employed to hold it together. The pieces linking
the loading dock to the shore are held together by heavy metal clips.
Steel pieces hold the dock to the pilings and
also to the cement building on the shore where the land end of the dock
is anchored. The dock is ready for use so come out in 2016 and explore
the new blind built be Matthew Male with help from Bob Kane, Stirling
Danskin, and Roland Buzzard. Look forward to
seeing you – more on this toward spring.
The Connecticut Army National Guard is helping to bring a supply of lumber to Great Gull Island for building new blinds to replace those destroyed by Super Storm Sandy two years ago and to create new nesting areas for the Roseate Terns. The Connecticut newspaper The Day carried the story last week (http://www.theday.com/article/20140419/NWS01/304199973/1018). Originally scheduled for last Tuesday, the mission was accomplished on Friday, April 25.