Oyster Bay has been awarded $2,287,710 in competitive grant funds to complete a water quality improvement project at Harry Tappen Beach.
Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that Oyster Bay has been awarded $2,287,710 in competitive grant funds from New York State's Water Quality Improvement Program. These funds will allow Oyster Bay to complete a water quality improvement project at Harry Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing.
The project benefits Harry Tappen Beach, as well as Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound. It will replace, expand, and upgrade the existing on-site sewage treatment system at Harry Tappen Beach, as the goal is to reduce and minimize beach closures due to pollution, reported officials.
The new system will include: new pump stations; septic tank filtration units; and a new leaching field. The new septic system will treat an increased capacity of 20,000 gallons per day, according to the Oyster Bay Town press release.
"My administration is committed to protecting our environment, water quality and our shoreline. Unfortunately, too many of Long Island's North Shore septic systems and cesspools are outdated," said Saladino.
New infrastructure from this project will contribute to the protection and improvement of water quality that recharges the local potable water source aquifer system, reported the press release.
"Without investment into septic revitalization, dilapidated septic systems have a dramatic and adverse impact on aquatic life in the Long Island Sound and a potentially devastating effect on the local economy, including fishermen and shell-fishermen,” added Saladino. “A project of this nature has long been sought by this community, and I am excited to say that in 2020 this project will commence!"