FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014
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North Hempstead Receives $5K Grant from Assemb. Schimel for Water Well Monitoring in Port Washington
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth has announced that the Town has received a $5,000 grant from New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel that will be used for groundwater data collection on the Manhasset Neck Peninsula.
This funding will support the ongoing mission of the Peninsula Aquifer Committee to monitor the wells on the peninsula, with the assistance of the U.S. Geological Survey, a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment. One of the main goals of this data collection is to gain further insight into the potential for saltwater intrusion and other factors affecting sources of water to municipal-supply wells.
“A great deal of research is needed in order to identify potential issues affecting our groundwater system,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “Continuing this data collection program will help to preserve our precious water supply in Port Washington and beyond. I thank Assemblywoman Schimel for her efforts to secure funding for this effort.”
Assemblywoman Schimel, who sits on the State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee, identified this funding as being critical to the long-term preservation of Manhasset Neck Peninsula’s water supply.
“This grant is a very important step to continue the study of the hydrologic system of Manhasset Neck Peninsula. We need comprehensive data to ensure that the ongoing stresses on our water supply are understood,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
This grant was also acquired in conjunction with the local environmental action group Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
“The data collected through this grant will help guide location of new wells and set safe limits on pumping from existing wells, to protect the community’s water supply now and in the future,” said Mindy Germain, Executive Director of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.