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Denenberg’s storm water management program improves the health of Nassau’s waterways

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and fellow members of the Planning, Development and Environment Committee, heard a presentation this week by the County’s Department of Public Works on the status of the county’s Storm Water Program, now in its fourth year. The report examined the results of various projects undertaken in the past year to improve the health of Nassau’s waterways.

“I am encouraged by the progress we have made in the last year with several projects, including the success of the catch basin inserts, rehabilitation of ponds in Baldwin and Bellmore, the new storm drain medallions that discourage dumping, and the management of the Canada goose population,” said Denenberg, chair of the committee. “This report illustrates that our sewer and storm water program is working and is in fact, a shining example for the rest of New York State.”

Catch basin inserts, introduced last year across the county to act as filtration devices designed to remove harmful pollutants before they enter our waterways, were given a positive evaluation. The inserts were found to trap larger debris such as litter, while filtering out heavy metals, sediment, oil and grease, pesticides, bacteria, organics, and nitrates.

Storm drains medallions were installed to discourage the dumping of trash into the sewers. The 1,500 medallions include phrases like “Drains to Waterway,” and “Only Rain in the Drain.” The report added that DPW hopes to add 500 more medallions next year.

Nassau County initiated a program to detect illicit discharges (discharges of water into a municipal system not comprised solely of storm water) by testing water samples at approximately 60 streams in the county to determine how illicit discharges affect our water.

Moreover, as part of a five part program to control the Canada goose population on Long Island, Legislator Denenberg recently passed legislation prohibiting the feeding of geese in county parks. Further, more than 800 goose eggs were oiled.

For more information, call the Storm Water Management Program at 571-6850 or Legislator Denenberg’s office at 571-6219.