In recognition of their shared interests and an understanding that water quality
and coastal issues are best addressed on a coordinated, watershed level, in 1998
North Hempstead, Nassau County, and eleven Bay coastal communities voluntarily
entered into an inter-municipal agreement for water quality planning purposes.
In spring of 1999, the Manhasset Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan was
completed. The Plan identified bacteria-pathogens, sediment, nutrients, and
litter/debris as the major non-point source pollutants affecting Manhasset Bay,
and storm-water run-off as the major conduit.Implementation of the Plan began in
1999 with funding through the Environmental Protection Fund.
There are now fifteen (15) member municipalities: 13 villages, the Town, and the
County. A representative from each member-municipality is appointed to serve on
The job of each representative is to:
represent the needs of its municipality
present ideas for Committee activities
serve as an advisor to the Director of the Committee
and most importantly, bring tools and information back to its municipality
so that it can become an effective part of the effort to restore and protect
Manhasset Bay and its watershed.
The Committee Director's role is to carry-out the mission of the Committee by
developing and implementing the various water quality improvement projects that
are seen as Committee priorities.
How Might You Be Involved In
Committee Programs and Activities?
The Committee serves a very diverse audience and works with a variety of
partners. We strive to provide useful and effective information to each member
of our audience:
Residents of the Watershed:
Residents of the Manhasset Bay watershed play a crucial role in the restoration
and protection of the Bay and its watershed. It is each person responsibility to
ensure that their impact on our environment is the least possible. Please
request information on our activities and copies of all of our educational
A number of materials and studies are done to assist the municipalities in
minimizing their impact on our local environment through highly effective but
low-cost and low-maintenance solutions. Education materials are always available
to the member-municipalities with a possibility of mailing and printing
assistance. For more information, please contact us immediately!