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Leg. Denenberg Announces Freeport Storm Water Quality Improvement Project

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) announces that the County and the Village of Freeport have signed an inter-municipal agreement to undertake storm water quality improvement projects throughout Freeport that will be funded through the 2006 Environmental Bond Act.

Legislator Denenberg, chairman of the Planning, Development and Environment Committee, said, “Stormwater protection is essential to the preservation of our south shore waterways. Capital projects such as this can do only so much. It is important to remember that what is left in our streets ends up in our waterways. Therefore, while projects such as this are critical, proper trash disposal and recycling are imperative."

The project calls for the installation of 150 catch basin inserts within the Village of Freeport that will filter stormwater runoff. It includes the purchase of a vacuum truck to clean out catch basins as well as the purchase of two debris collection boats to remove floatable debris and litter from the South Shore waterways. Legislator Denenberg is a leader among elected officials in ensuring the protection of Nassau County’s water bodies from polluted runoff which is the result of everyday activities such as littering, disposing of trash and recyclables, disposing of pet-waste, applying lawn chemicals, washing cars, changing motor-oil on driveways and the improper disposal of leftover paint and household chemicals.

Funding for the work in Freeport will be through the 2006 Environmental Bond Act which was overwhelming approved by 77 percent of Nassau County voters and enabled the County to purchase and protect open space, improve parks, improve stormwater quality and clean up brownfield properties.