News - Fall 2015/Winter 2016
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Stormwater Pollution and Green Infrastructure Solutions video released (1/28/2016) by the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. This film highlights stormwater runoff impacts throughout New York State and showcases several green infrastructure solutions. You can view the video on youtube.
Letter to the Editor on the need for an expanded north shore sewer study (1/14/2016):http://www.newsday.com/opinion/letters/expand-north-shore-sewer-study-1.11324273
Federal ban on microbeads heads to President's desk (12/18/2015):
New York State Regional Economic Development Councils have announced the 2015 grant awards and a total of $98.3 million was awarded to 121 projects on Long Island. For the complete list of projects see: https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/REDCAwardsBooklet2015.pdf The awards of particular interest to Manhasset Bay include:
- $316,250 to the Town of North Hempstead conduct comprehensive GIS mapping on behalf of the Town, 20 Villages, and the Village of Sea Cliff.
- $500,000 to the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District for an anaerobic digester upgrade
- $270,000 to the Town of North Hempstead, who will partner with the Village of Port Washington North, to digitize roadways, catch basins, trees, etc in GIS
- $122,200 to the Town of North Hempstead to prepare an environmental
master plan, including planning for surface and groundwater protection,
habitat (preservation, restoration, and enhancement), and climate change strategies
Town of North Hempstead and the Villages of Port Washington North and Plandome Heights urge their residents to avoid dumping pollutants down storm drains:
For the Town press release (10/27/2015), visit: http://www.northhempstead.com/news?FeedID=1711
For the Port Washington North article (page 6), visit:
For the Plandome Heights article (page 3), visit: http://plandomeheights-ny.gov/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/November-23-2015-2015-Fall-Newsletter.pdf
Manhasset Bay Bulletin Fall 2003
Volume 1, Issue 3
The Committee Implements A New Strategic Plan
September 11th kick started a new phase for the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee. As the Committee continues to work towards its goal of restoring and protecting Manhasset Bay and its watershed, it will begin to focus its efforts on the EPA Phase II Stormwater Regulations and helping member municipalities comply with the regulated public education, outreach, and involvement activities.
What are the U.S. EPA Stormwater Regulations?
Polluted storm water runoff is often transported to municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and can be discharged into local rivers and streams without treatment. The new Phase II rule establishes an MS4 storm water management program that is intended to improve the Nation's waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants that storm water picks up and carries into storm sewers during storm events. The Phase II program requires that MS4s address these problems through six elements:
1) Public Education and Outreach
2) Public Participation/Involvement
3) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4) Construction Site Runoff Control
5) Post-construction Site Runoff Control
6) Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
The Manhasset Bay Protection Committee has created a plan for implementing many activities that fall within the first and second elements of the program: Public Education/Outreach, and Public Participation/Involvement.
How does this help member municipalities comply with the regulations?
A municipality's participation in the Committee ensures that member municipality will be given credit for those activities implemented by the Committee as if they implemented them on their own.
What are some of the activities that the Committee will be coordinating?
Public Education & Outreach
Speakers to community groups
Native Plant Garden
Public Involvement/Participation Mailing List
Home Assessment Survey
The following article comes from the Boat US Foundation. The Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates innovative outreach campaigns, conducts research and helps boaters be safer and better stewards of the environment. The Foundation is primarily supported by tax deductible contributions from boaters. For more information, visit boatus.com/foundation or call 800-336-BOAT.
Cleaner Greener Fall Boating Tips from the Boat U.S. Foundation
With cool weather in the air, boaters are taking full advantage of the final days of boating season. While out on the water this fall, there are some specific things you can do to minimize your impact on the marine environment. The end of the boating season is also a time to think ahead for the coming spring.
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Keep it clean. Try rinsing your boat off and scrubbing it with only fresh water after every trip.
- Go before you go. Ask all your boat guests if they'd like to use onshore restrooms before you go out on a day trip. This will reduce the amount of holding tank waste you have to deal with onboard your boat.
- Tune up your engine. Fix any oil leaks promptly and use the off-season to tune up your engine. Recycle used oil and, if possible, oil filters. (For information on a variety of local recycling and re-use opportunities, log on to www.earth911.com and enter your zip code.)
- Soak up oil in your bilge. Put a bilge "sock" into your bilge to absorb any stray oil before it has a chance to get pumped overboard with the automatic bilge pump.
- Work away from the water. If you're pulling your boat out of the water for the season, use the time in the yard wisely to perform painting, tougher maintenance and deep cleaning over a filtering tarp. This will reduce the likelihood that these chemicals will end up in the water.
Potential Designation of Disposal Site(s) in Long Island Sound Dredge Material Disposal
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region I, New England and Region II, New York in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), New England and New York Districts has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to consider the potential designation of one or more dredged material disposal sites in the waters of Long Island Sound.
The DEIS provides an evaluation of the existing historically used sites as well as additional alternatives including other open water disposal sites, other types of dredged material disposal and management, and the no action alternative.
Comments on the DEIS will be accepted until November 17th. The Committee is in the process of reviewing and commenting on the document. If you are interested in this document, please contact Jenifer at 516-869-7835 to arrange a chance to review or make copies.