Written by Legislator Delia deRiggi- Whitton Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00
Clean Water Initiative and Shoreline Trail for Port and Roslyn As the “waterfront district” legislator, I am very pleased to announce that I have been pushing for clean water projects to benefit Port Washington and Roslyn, and they have recently been approved at the Nassau County Legislature.
Through a Nassau County Environmental Bond Act, Nassau is supporting some really great improvements through the Town of North Hempstead aimed at stopping pollution and revitalizing our Hempstead Harbor and Manhasset Bay shoreline.
First, good news for Port and Roslyn residents who love running, biking or walking along the water on West Shore Road, we are supporting a project to continue a shoreline trail. This is a prime location for recreation, defining what makes living on Long Island so special. So, I am glad to see that area turning around so much. What many remember as the dump area, is now completely revitalized in a manner befitting the location and our local character. The golf course and residences, a newly repaired and paved county road, and now the addition of more trails are all great developments in my mind. I look forward to more revitalization of this wonderful stretch of waterfront that shows we appreciate our natural gifts and take advantage of them correctly.
Next, in Roslyn, we are teaming with the Town of North Hempstead to do wetland planting and install stormwater controls at Roslyn Pond.
Similarly, in Port, we are installing several types of stormwater control improvements and doing planting at Mill Pond as well as North Sheets Creek in Manorhaven.
The storm drain “inserts” and the plantings are meant to eliminate a broad range of pollutants from heavy metals, oils and hydrocarbons, to bacteria and organic contaminants. It is crucial to not let stormwater go through the streets, picking up all of these things and then bring them straight into the waterways.
My esteemed colleague and Legislative predecessor Wayne Wink, our current Town Clerk, helped push for this while he was at the County. He pointed out that not only is this type of project important for the environment, but it is a great example of different levels of government working together on common goals that truly benefit the public. I thank Wayne, our Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth who is overseeing these projects, our county officials and the environmental advisors who all made this possible. I am proud to be a part of what they started and am so glad I was able to advocate for this to finally pass through the Nassau County Legislature.
On the other side of Hempstead Harbor, I have been fighting for sewers in our area since day one in office. This would protect both our drinking water and our bodies of water.
I have had a team research and write a proposal to expand Nassau County’s Sewer system to incorporate the Crescent Beach area - where faulty cesspools are leaking into Hempstead Harbor - as well as the existing plans that Mayor Bruce Kennedy has created for Sea Cliff Avenue. The Sea Cliff mayor and I met with Congressman Steve Israel on this and the congressman helped start the process of searching for funding. Part of this involved the City of Glen Cove working with me to apply for a grant to study the project. We are all continuing at the federal, state, county, city and village level to find the study money to get the ball rolling. I am confident we will get there.