Bid to Halt New York Dune Project Over Bird Denied

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) -
A piping plover, for whom environmentalists want to stop a $207 million project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A piping plover, for whom environmentalists want to stop a $207 million project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A New York federal judge on Friday denied a conservationist group’s bid to block part of a Fire Island sand-dune project over an endangered bird.

Audubon New York had wanted Judge Sandra Feuerstein to rule that the piping plover’s habitat on the long, thin barrier island that runs parallel to Long Island would be damaged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $207 million dune-replenishment project.

But elected officials said the project was necessary to help protect heavily populated parts of Long Island.