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For Release: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Virtual Public Meeting for Bay Park Conveyance Project

Collaboration between New York State and Nassau County to Reduce Nitrogen Pollution in Western Bays, Restore Bay Ecology, and Strengthen Storm Protection

Residents Encouraged to Join Virtual Public Meeting on July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Nassau County Department of Public Works, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will host a virtual public meeting on July 15, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., EST. This meeting will discuss the Bay Park Conveyance Project, an innovative solution to the declining water quality of Long Island's Western Bays.

During the virtual public meeting, the Project team will be available to address questions and comments from all interested parties and citizens. After the meeting, the meeting contents will remain available and interested parties will be able to email the project team through the virtual meeting platform until October 15, 2020. For more information on how to access the event, please visit The Bay Park Conveyance Project website.

The Western Bays are the waters between the neighborhoods of East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Freeport, and Long Beach Barrier Island. Once a productive fishing area and ecological habitat, the Bays have deteriorated over time due to an abundance of nitrogen in the waters. This has led to limited dissolved oxygen levels for aquatic plants and fish.

The Bay Park Conveyance Project is part of the Western Bays Resiliency Initiative, a program by Nassau County to improve water quality and storm protection in the South Shore. Other projects under this initiative include the Long Beach Consolidation Project and the Point Lookout Sewer Feasibility Study.

For more information, visit The Bay Park Conveyance Project website.

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