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When Sandy ripped ashore in 2012, it also ripped through an embankment that separated freshwater West Pond from the saltwater Jamaica Bay at Gateway National Recreation Area. This salting of the freshwater body is problematic for the bay's tremendous amount of waterfowl that need both fresh and salt water to thrive. Finding a fix for West Pond has been troublesome, but the agency behind Gateway hopes to choose an alternative solution for the pond before end-of-year. Jamaica Bay is currently an international destination for bird viewing. [NYT]