FI debris removal complicated by plover deadline

The endangered piping plovers start nesting in mid-March. During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches, leaving little room for trucks to

During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches.

During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches. (2/20/13)

FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE - Removing storm debris from Fire Island is now extra complicated because of a deadline.

The endangered piping plovers start nesting in mid-March. During nesting season, protective fencing is put up on the beaches, leaving little room for trucks to remove debris.

A spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers says a company could start working this weekend, but any debris not removed by March 31 will have to be hauled away on barges in the bay.

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