2021 09 Crescent BeachAfter 10 years of being closed due to contamination from a nearby estuary, the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) has approved a remediation plan for Crescent Beach.

Throughout her tenure, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton has secured County funding for studies and worked closely with the DEC, NYIT Associate Professor and overseer of the school’s Center for Water Resources Management, Sarah Meyland, H2M architects + engineers and, for the past four years, Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke to determine the cause of the contamination, remedy the problem (which was ultimately determined to be animal feces) and reopen the beach.

The approved solution calls for the installation of Helix systems, the clearing of pipes, and the planting of sea grass and other wetland plants - the roots of which effectively absorb harmful bacteria without harming the plants themselves. A basin slope will be created, and pipes will be installed to channel the estuary water into a bioswale (sloped retention area) where hundreds of plantings will provide natural filtration to purify the water before it flows onto Crescent Beach and into Hempstead Harbor.

Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton is optimistic that the effort will serve as an example of how nature can be harnessed to address environmental concerns.