Thanks to cleaner water, native species have returned to New York Harbor — including, unfortunately, mollusk wood borers.
Mollusk wood borers can destroy pier posts in short order.
Photo by Fotolia/stoonnOne of the incidental benefits of pollution in New York Harbor was that marine borers — mollusks that can eat wooden wharf pilings at a disturbing rate — abandoned the harbor filth for cleaner waters. Some unwelcome evidence that pollution control measures have been successful there is that the borers have returned.
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