Piping plover suit prompts judge to suspend Fire Island dune project

September 13, 2014 Newsday

A federal judge Friday suspended Fire Island's federal dune project, granting a temporary restraining order sought by Audubon New York, which claims the plans imperil endangered piping plovers by destroying nesting grounds.

U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein's order prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from starting work on the project's first two phases -- at Smith Point County Park and Fire Island Lighthouse Beach.

The restraining order does not halt the third phase, which rebuilds dunes aimed at protecting the barrier island's communities, the conservation group said.

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