Written by Megan Scott Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00
On May 26, a meeting for the public was held at the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head about improvements to Scudder’s Pond and the watershed. The Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee (HHPC), an inter-municipal organization made up of the nine municipalities surrounding Hempstead Harbor, and the Village of Sea Cliff conducted the meeting. Residents came out to ask questions and hear a presentation on what is in store.
The HHPC reported several years ago that Scudder’s Pond was one of the major sources of contamination to Hempstead Harbor. Since then, major efforts have been made to attain grants funds and perform restorations to the site.
The HHPC has since received multiple grants for improvements like storm drains and to make other improvements in and around Scudder’s Pond. The group has prepared a restoration plan, the details of which were the subject of the meeting.
The group hopes to create a “stream stabilization” to stop erosion. It is also necessary for the small damn, called a “weir,” between the upper and lower pong to be replaced.
Committee members said they also want to remove some large grasses called phragmites and to establish native buffers.
It was reported that the group has completed a lot of work; some of it includes topographical surveys, wetland delineation as well as site reconnaissance and field investigation. They have also met with different officials to discuss how to properly proceed with the work.
Some residents were concerned how the piping was going to look because it will either be in their yard or near their house. These people were informed that the work will not be unsightly and that it will not affect them.