Written by Carol Frank Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
The good news at Udalls Pond, where Nassau County funded a major dredging project to promote good drainage and flood control, is that the plantings, chosen to attract wildlife and enhance the beauty of the setting, have been completed. According to Brian Schneider, a hydrogeologist with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works, all the plantings will be monitored to make sure that they survive and thrive.
The Beach Road staging area which is still blocked off will be seeded this fall when weather conditions permit. Contractor Ed Galvin said that the mixture of seeds will include those for grasses and wildflowers.
The only other major work to be done is to repair the weir which is in such poor condition that one chunk of concrete is missing. The weir is located just past the Saddle Rock
Grist Mill and runs along the mouth of the bay. Schneider says that in order to repair the weir, additional concrete work will be necessary in order to install capstones and the fish ladder. This has led to the need for more design work which is being prepared by deBruin Engineering and is being reviewed by the county.
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth who was instrumental in securing the county’s funding for the project commented, “I am pleased that we are continuing to make progress with the Udalls Pond Remediation Project. Though there is still work to be done, I am encouraged that the plantings have been installed and that their viability is being evaluated.
I know we all appreciate that the county is living up to it’s commitment to see this project through.”
Once the weir is repaired properly, the water level in both the eastern and western ponds will rise by approximately four inches. Fish populations will increase after the fish ladder
is installed and greater varieties of birds should return to the ponds...perhaps in time for the fall migration.
Just last week, we spotted two large snapping turtles swimming near the 9/11 Bridge; they appeared to be enjoying their deeper swimming hole, but were not available for comment.