Protecting our Future Inside a Piece of History

Meeting with Brian Zimmerman, district manager of Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, on the grounds of the historic Malcolm House in Jericho.

DeRiggi-Whitton Meets With Soil & Water Conservation District

 Tucked away on Old Jericho Turnpike, just off of Route 106 is a beautiful 21-acre preserve that includes the historic Malcolm House, one of several original buildings from the Long Island Quaker settlement of Jericho. What is interesting is that inside this piece of local history – the oldest parts of which date back to 1757 – an important conservation effort is underway to protect the future of our area’s natural resources.

County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently toured the Malcolm House site, where Brian Zimmerman heads up the office of the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District. The legislator held a meeting with Zimmerman to learn about the many important services that New York’s Soil & Water Conservation Districts provide on both public and private lands. They protect our drinking water and our waterways, wetlands and natural habitats. Conservation Districts aid in the protection of open spaces, specialize in soil analysis, storm water management, watershed management and flood protection.

In Nassau, Zimmerman’s office provides a variety of educational initiatives, from Green Infrastructure and Small Farm Conferences, to rain garden and rain barrel programs in schools and parks, to an Envirothon high school competition, to a green roof program at SUNY Old Westbury, to stormwater management and soil and erosion training. They do water quality testing and have spearheaded many shoreline cleanups and wetland plantings, as well as environmental projects like the Centre Island tide gate, which saved a degraded wetland and increased native wildlife.

“Safe drinking water and a healthy environment are two things that are very important to me,” said Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton. “I thank Brian and the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District for all they do to protect our imperiled local resources. I look forward to working with them on environmental issues that will benefit our area.”

The legislator encourages people to learn more about the Conservation District. There are a variety of tools and services that many can benefit from, as well as upcoming events like an art contest, a native plant initiative and plant sale and a Green Infrastructure Expo. Those interested in learning more, or considering donating much needed funds, can visit http://www.nassauswcd.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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