Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
The Oyster Bay Town Board formally adopted the Massapequa Creek Watershed Management and Corridor Restoration Plan on March 22, announced Town Supervisor John Venditto.
“The town was awarded an $88,000 grant through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program of the Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Plan to undertake implementation of the South Shore Estuary Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan,” Venditto explained. “Among the projects the town undertook with the grant monies was developing an action plan for Massapequa Creek watershed. This plan, known as the Massapequa Creek Watershed Management and Corridor Rest-oration Plan, was the subject of a public hearing in June of last year. Now that the town has adopted the plan, the next step will be to seek grants to implement the recommendations of the plan.”
The supervisor went on to say that the South Shore Estuary Reserve encompasses one of the state’s most unique estuaries and its 326-mile watershed. It extends from the western boundary of the Town of Hempstead to the Eastern shoreline of Shinnecock Bay and includes all waters, underground lands and lands which gather precipitation as groundwater or run-off between the Atlantic barrier islands and extending as far north as the Long Island Expressway. Approximately one-and-one-half million people live in the Reserve.
The South Shore Estuary Act, adopted by the New York State Legislature in 1993, declared the estuary to be a resource of unparalleled biological, economic and social value, which must be protected and managed. To oversee the preparation of the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan, the act created the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council. The council comprises representatives from south shore towns and villages, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and other entities including recreation, estuary-based businesses, environmental and academic interests. The Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Comprehensive Management Plan, which the council adopted in April 2001, provides a blueprint for the long-term health of the Reserve’s bays and tributaries, its tidal wetlands and wildlife, and its tourism and economy.
Venditto noted that the Massapequa Creek Watershed Management and Corridor Restoration Plan, can be viewed on the South Shore Estuary website, www.estuary.cog.ny.us. Copies and a CD of the plan are also available at the Massapequa Bar Harbour and Farmingdale Public Libraries.