Return Of Endangered Bird Species Puts Pressure On Superstorm Cleanup

(February 19, 2013)--Old refrigerators, rotting wood and vegetation make up the tons of Superstorm Sandy debris waiting to be hauled off Fire Island as homeowners and businesses try to prepare for the upcoming summer vacation season but one visitor's planned arrival is creating a pressing deadline.

The return of an endangered bird species known as the piping plover will severely restrict truck access to the barrier island and if officials don't get the trash removed by March 31, they'll have to haul debris by barge.

That deadline has officials scrambling.

The Army Corps of Engineers has had difficulty finding a contractor, but a spokeswoman says a new company could start this weekend.

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