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April 5, 2006

Innovative storm water treatment device will protect environment

Denenberg & Yatauro secure new ‘catch basin’ devices that remove harmful pollutants from storm water runoff BEFORE it goes into waterways

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Legislator Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove); Ken Arnold of the Nassau County Department of Public Works; and Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) discussing one of the "storm water catch basin inserts," which can remove heavy metals, sediment, oil and grease, pesticides, bacteria, organics, nitrates and litter from storm water runoff before it ends up in our waterways.

Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) were joined this week by Nassau County Department of Public Works Senior Sanitary Engineer Kenneth Arnold, P.E., and representatives from environmental groups to demonstrate the effectiveness of a new, state of the art filtration device that will protect Long Island’s waterways. Called a “storm water catch basin insert,” the device removes heavy metals, sediment, oil and grease, pesticides, bacteria, organics, nitrates and litter from storm water runoff before it ends up in our waterways.

“Storm water runoff can be the largest contributor to surface water pollution, as it contains chemical and organic pollutants and litter,” said Legislator Denenberg. “These new storm water catch basin devices can provide an effective way to filter this runoff before it reaches our bays, streams and other waterways.”

The inserts, which fit into the catch basins, have been installed on a trial basis at two locations in the county, one in Bellmore and one in Bayville. Several different models are being used and will be evaluated for their effectiveness and practicality.

 “These innovative inserts give us the ability to protect surface waters from the harmful effects that various chemicals carried by storm water can have on the marine environment and litter and trash can have on the enjoyment of going to a beach.” said Legislator Denenberg. “However the real solution to protect our water bodies is to educate homeowners and businesses owners on ways they can do their part.”  

“Nassau County has a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program with a large component directed towards education,” stated Mr. Arnold. “The public needs to understand that simple behavior modifications such as picking up your dog's waste, not feeding water fowl, keeping your property free of litter or following the manufacturers directions when applying fertilizers and pesticides all can have a huge impact on storm water quality.”


"We commend Nassau Countyfor implementing this initiative...in particular Legislator Denenberg, Legislator Yatauro, and Ken Arnold and his colleagues at the Department of Public Works," says Friends of the Bay Executive Director Kyle Rabin. "Polluted storm water runoff is a major source of contamination of the waters of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Estuary Complex. Once the trial period is complete and the results are in, Friends of the Bay is willing to work with the County to expand this initiative. This estuary is a vital ecological, economic and recreational resource. But it remains threatened by storm water pollution. Expanding the use of the filtration insert technology and educating more and more homeowners and businesses owners will go a long way to improving those sections of the estuary which are currently suffering from poor water quality and maintaining those parts that enjoy good water quality.”

“Operation Splash sees these devices as the best and most cost effective way to reduce the tremendous damage that storm water does to Long Island’s estuaries,” said Rob Weltner, president of SPLASH.

For more information on the storm water drain inserts, call Legislator Denenberg’s office at 516-571-6219; or visit these websites:



In addition educational resources on how the public can help can be found on the County website:   http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DPW/stormwater.html   or by contacting Public Works at 571-6850 or email stormwater2@nassaucountyny.gov