International East Coast Flyway landing point: Inwood North Cove Wildlife Sanctuary


International East Coast Flyway landing point: Inwood North Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

INCove Event – 9-28-13


Inwood’s North Cove Community Gathering & Indian-Point Public Rally

Homemade authentic Italian Dinner:
fresh pasta cooked on site, salad, bread, and sides.
September 28th 2013
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

adults $10, students $8, children $6, members $0
Please RSVP by Thurs midnight.

Inwood’s North Cove is located on
9th Avenue, just north of 207th,
adjacent to MTA subway yards

INCove Gathering : “North Cove for Indian Point Public Rally/Outing” on the day one of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point looses it license, but will be allowed by the federal government to operate anyway. Please join us next Saturday, afternoon

September 28th 2013 (rain or shine) – great weather foretasted.

Participants requested to donate $5 if they can afford it, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, petition signing, information exchange, live local music, and featured music form Internet, enjoy the Harlem River Cove. Directly support our efforts to provide the community with wildlife care, Environmental Justice, youth programs, and hand delivery of our Petition signatures to Albany and DC.



INCove News – 9-22-13


Change ‘Business as Usual’ at Indian Point Nuclear Reactor


The following were the facts and background Information which went I to the decision to sponsor the petition on If people understood them or read the sources directly on the protect page of NYCWetlands,org then I believe everybody would sign the petition. As we all need no repeat of the disaster in Japan, with no way yet known to stop it from getting worse.

Background: In it’s current operating state, Indian Point Nuclear Power Reactor on the Greater Hudson Estuary River puts New York State’s environment and New York City and it’s waterways, public safety and human health at extreme risk from operational accidents, and acts of God, including extreme solar events, earthquakes under the Atlantic Ocean or under the nuclear power plant, terrorist attacks, poor management aging plant infrastructure; and antiquated technology.

There is no taxpayers real protection for the risks posed by mismanagement, inadequate safety measures, and aged infrastructure at Indian Point.

A simple ‘Power Failure’ is causing Disaster in Japan. Fukushima in Japan ‘Failed’ when No-Power, and failed ‘Backup Plans’ prevented critical reactor-cooling and the over-heated reactors began a melt down process; this developing disaster process began two years ago, and it has gotten worse daily for more than two years – with no solution in sight.

And Fukushima did not have a disaster planning good enough to protect Environmental and Public Health from loss of electrical power

And Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant also has No-Plan adequate fail safe protection plan either..

Facts on public record:

1. criminally falsified records management relating to vital back up power systems not in compliance and lying to co-workers relating to official safety inspections, even though power is critical for the plant not to melt down like at Fukushima

2. cracks and leaks in infrastructure

3. same design as in failing in Fukushima, Japan

4. design is 40 years old …would be 60 years at end of next license period

5. no adequate housing over massive spent fuel rod storage

6. environmentally destructive and runs afoul of various coastal policies

7. devastating impacts on the aquatic biota of nearby State and Federally designated Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Haverstraw Bay

8. radioactive leaks into the Hudson River passing by New York City and into New York Harbor

9. storing thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste in overly crowded leaking spent fuel pools

10. temporary dry cask storage structures at Indian Point

11. estimated 1.2 billion fish are killed annually in the once through cooling intake systems

12. To be relicensed Indian Point must also be deemed consistent with 44 enforceable policies outlined in the NYC’s Coastal Management plan

13. Japan’s experience with Fukushima, which is sending windborn radioactive contamination to the United States, should be a wake up call for New York State to protect its residents, wildlife, lands and waters.

14. one of licenses for one of reactors at Indian Point, will have expired on September 28th 2013 this will be the only reactor in America that operating with the permission of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on an expired license!

Two public hearings are scheduled

Public Hearing 1:

The NY State Energy and Telecommunications Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 30 from 10 am to 3 PM to examine the Indian Pt. contingency proposal for replacement energy and in light of the fact that the license for one of the reactor will have expired on September 28th. The public is welcome to attend. It will as well be broadcasted via a live feed at:

Public Hearing 2:

NYS’s Coastal Management Plan protects the health of the waterways, and Indian Point requires a state issued water permit to operate. There is no adequate plan to protect our waterways nor the millions of people in the New York City region, from small or large accidents and events.

Disaster prevention is a public health and safety issue, an environmental issue and an economic issue. The public has cr) on whether Indian Point’s license should be renewed.

Live feed for sept 30 public hearing two:

INCove Status – 9-15-2013


Berries and Flowers at North Cove 9-15-2013

Change ‘Business as Usual’ at Indian Point Nuclear Reactor


Change ‘Business as Usual’ 
at Indian Point Nuclear Reactor

Indian Point Nuclear Reactor Power Generation Station is 23 miles north of Manhattan and current mismanagement and weak oversight jeopardize the lives of 23 million metropolitan area residents; the viability of their environment; and their economic prospects.

Evidence of mismanagement include:  falsified records to appear compliant with requirements for backup power sources; lying about safety inspections; and failure to modernize infrastructure – leaving New Yorkers to face the same aged-plant and inherent problems as in Fukushima today.

We urge the New York State Legislature to begin holding public hearings to solicit industry, regulatory and resident testimony, and expert and witness testimony from Fukushima, to determine how to ensure the safe operation of Indian Point, and then determine under what conditions should another 20-year operating license be approved, and if Indian Point can operate with safety, or should be shut down.

We also urge that the public hearing process must be extended beyond October, with multiple meetings held throughput New York State in addition to the two hearings scheduled for September 30 and October 12.

We believe that Indian Point must implement adequate, verifiable public health and safety preservation measures for its infrastructure, emergency responses, waste disposal, shut-down procedures, and for all other aspects of its operations, with public reporting on benchmarks; fully and verifiably comply with New York State’s Coastal Management Plan that protects the health of New York State’s waterways; and possess valid federal NRC licenses for all reactors in operation at Indian Point.

Otherwise, we urge federal and State officials to close Indian Point immediately.

Petition sponsor:


          Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association

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July 31st, 2013

To whom it may concern,

There is currently a great public service project in the Inwood community in Northern Manhattan that is both educational and environmentally progressive. We cannot overstate the incredible value this project has brought to our community, and we hope to see it continue growing.

This project is run by a local resident, James Cataldi, who selflessly worked on his own time to clean up the North Cove, a Harlem River Inlet.  He also performs science based Environmental Restoration, monitors and medically treats the wildlife, runs youth internship, and community outreach programs at no cost to tax payers, and no carbon foot print.

The North Cove is located on 9 th avenue, adjacent to the MTA Subway yards, just north of 207 street in Inwood. Mr. Cataldi is a professionally licensed wildlife rehabilitator and a 2012 US EPA Environmental Quality Award winner; the highest award one can receive. Before his work in Inwood, he worked as a computer programmer and metadata analyst on Wall Street, where his work earned him an opportunity to speak at the White House.

Until recently, he has worked mostly on his own to remove approximately 1200 cubic yards of non toxic waste and garbage from the North Cove, all properly sorted and recycled. As well he has cleaned up or prevented 12 illegal toxic heavy oil liquid spills into the Harlem River, and works closely daily with area stakeholders to ensure new debris is not being dumped at the cove any more.  It is clear that Mr. Cataldi is wholly committed to improving and sustaining the health of our natural environment in New York City and surrounding waterways.

This past year, he has included a number of young volunteers in his Environmental Justice Internship Programs from the Dyckman Houses, a NYCHA complex several blocks away, to help him with the cleanup effort. Mr. Cataldi has been both a mentor, and teacher to these young people, sharing his knowledge of environmental restoration, rehabilitation, mathematics, science and more.

His mentorship provides an incredibly unique experience for these youths. He offers valuable experience and knowledge that the children would not be able to find most anywhere else in the area and his efforts to engage members of the Inwood community have been successful. He has experienced nothing but exemplary participation from these youth, and we expect the results to pay major dividends down the line.

Mr. Cataldi is a professional and he has our full support. Through our conversations with him, and through the self-evident value of his work, we find him to be trustworthy and qualified. He has expressed a desire to keep the project free of any criminal involvement, especially with his goal to expand the program to include more youth from the area.



 Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member
District 10  

 Adriano Espaillat
State Senator 
District 31
 Gabriela Rosa
Assembly Member
District 72

INCove Status – 09-14-13

INCove Status – 09-14-13

Four Species who love Water
 medically treated/cared for, released, now monitored in the cove.

Inwood’s North Cove: Where the wild things are!


Inwood’s North Cove: Where the wild things are!

Story by Adrian Cabreja





In the belief that wildlife takes little hold on an area marked by concrete, fire hydrants and parked vehicles, James Cataldi, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and founder of the Manhattan WetLands and WildLife Association has worked tirelessly to prove other wise

“The North Cove is now home to about 20 different species of animals,” says Cataldi, an Inwood resident “And it looks like more species will continue to make it their home.
The North Cove tucked near Manhattan’s north eastern tip is a partially submerged salt marsh that plays host to scores of Canada Geese, Ducks, American Kestrels, Fiddler Crabs, Blue Crabs and various small fish and mussels

“You also have 330 migrating birds fly north and south through New York City each year, along with multigenerational insects like monarch butterfly.”

The North Cove (along with other locations in Northern Manhattan) is part of an east coast migratory rout called the Atlantic flyway a route that thousands of birds use to migrate every year. The Atlantic flyway extends from the Chilean coast all the way the northern tip of Canada.

Other than its habitual importance, the North Cove is important for the reason that it is a landing spot for various birds that make this long journey.

But, although the North Cove is becoming a sanctuary for various species of animals it was not always this way. It was due to large efforts that this outback located in Northern Manhattan has recently become host to visiting and permanent life.

Upon being introduced to the North Cove, Cataldi was astonished to find what he called a “Heorin Shantytown” and a dumping ground

“I saw no life at the cove the place felt sterile,” said Cataldi

At the time the North Cove was home to two sickly geese

Cataldi, Immediately began what would virtually be a sole effort to clean and rehabilitate the North Cove. For the past four years Cataldi has dedicated almost every single day to this mission Missing only one day.

Cataldi, has removed over 1,200 cubic meters of waste from the cove. The garbage included tons of syringes, toxins and rubber tires.

Initially what would be a difficult effort was further agitated by early efforts to develop the cove a development that could have retarded Cataldi’s rehabilitating efforts. In addition to this Cataldi was accused by the MTA for trespassing


“I was kicked out of the cove almost everyday. I was stubborn however and id come back and continue cleaning,” said Cataldi.

Since then however Cataldi has sought public support and is federally protected and authorized to restore the North Cove.

“Mr. Cataldi has conducted 99% of this clean up on his own without any funding and few resources.” said Carol Lynes of the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency. “He is a modern day ‘Lorax’” she continued referring to Dr. Seus’s famed character that fought against plighting the environment


“He has a great passion for what he does”, said State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

Although Cataldi has restored some life into the North Cove his founding of the Manhattan WetLands and WildLife Association (MWWA) is warrant to a desire for further development and the realization that there is a lot of work to be done.

The MWWA has recently published what would be their 10-year plan to restore and further the work necessary at the North Cove. Some of MWWA’s focuses will be on wildlife monitoring, care and rehabilitation, testing and improving the water quality at and around North Cove, fighting soil erosion and water pollution, stopping sediment leaching and burdening into the Harlem River and providing an overall value and benefit to Inwood.

“I have done most of the cleaning. The problem now is that the soil is dead. The cove was a dumping ground for so many years that the soil itself became dead. There is no life in the soil. A healthier environment starts on the microbiological level and there is no microbiology in the soil,” said Cataldi.

“Although the area has been significantly improved, it will take years of continuous work to clean up the area and restore to it to a viable tidal wetland,” said Lynes.

For more information on the MWWA and to volunteer in MWWA’s restoration efforts please visit


IMG 1: Canada Geese ready to take flight.

IMG 2: “Although the area has been significantly improved, it will take years of continuous work to clean up the area and restore to it to a viable tidal wetland,” said Lynes. Photo by MWWAIMG 3: “I was kicked out of the cove almost everyday. I was stubborn however and id come back and continue cleaning,” said Cataldi.