North Hempstead Receives Funding for Hempstead Harbor Restoration
Federal and State Officials Award Grants to Restore the Health and Living Resources of Long Island Sound
Immediate Release | Contact: David Chauvin (516) 869-7794|May 25th, 2005
Port Washington, NY – Earlier this month Supervisor Jon Kaiman joined top federal and state environmental officials as they announced nearly $1 million in grant awards to 28 local community organizations and governments under the newly created Long Island Sound Futures Fund (Sound Futures Fund). The Town of North Hempstead received $75,000 in funding, the largest award in New York State, for wetland restoration within Hempstead Harbor Cove in Port Washington. The new grant program pools funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Hudson River Foundation’s New York City Environmental Fund for projects to restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound.
“This funding is another big step forward toward restoring the shoreline and natural beauty of Hempstead Harbor,” said Supervisor Kaiman.
"This grant, under the Long Island Sound Futures Fund Program, is a perfect example of how so much can be gained through the cooperation of agencies and the pooling of resources," said Acting EPA Regional Administrator, Kathleen C. Callahan. "EPA is pleased to support these 28 projects to restore and protect the health of this critical water body."
North Hempstead’s project involves the restoration of the westerly/southerly shoreline of Hempstead Harbor Cove. The plans call for the removal of concrete/asphalt debris, phragmites, and excavation of soil, to achieve appropriate elevation established by benchmark, goose exclusion, surveys, adding clean fill, instituting erosion control measures, applying seed material, plant material and labor. Approximately 4 acres of wetland will be restored upon the completion of the project.
Long Island Sound is an estuary that provides economic and recreational benefits to millions of people, while also providing natural habitats to more than 1,200 invertebrates, 170 species of fish, and dozens of species of migratory birds.
The Long Island Sound Study, developed under the EPA’s National Estuary Program, is a cooperative effort between the EPA and the states of Connecticut and New York to protect and restore the Sound and its ecosystem. In 1994, it created a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to guide federal, state and local governments to improve water quality, restore and protect habitats, and reach out to the public to foster environmental stewardship.
For more information on the Sound Futures Fund and the Long Island Sound Study, including descriptions of the winning proposals, see www.longislandsoundstudy.net.
Photo (L to R): John Berry, Executive Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Supervisor Jon Kaiman; Carol DiPaolo, Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor, Town Planning Department Representative Kevin Braun; and Peter Scully, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 1, Regional Director.