Scudder’s Pond Revitalization

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Delia was thrilled to be able to secure Nassau County grant funding to help the Village of Sea Cliff with its $2.6 million Scudder’s Pond clean-up.

The Village of Sea Cliff (as lead agency for the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee)  is now close to completion of the Scudders Pond Improvement Project.  This project carries out one of the major recommendations made in the Water Quality Improvement Plan for Hempstead Harbor which the County and all other HHPC municipalities adopted.  That plan, identified the Scudder’s Pond sub-watershed as the single-most contributor of pollutants to the harbor.


The project encompasses:

  • Dredging and removing sediment from the nearly filled-in pond


  • Installing a “swirl separator” storm basin device on Littleworth Lane to capture sediments and contaminants before they reach the pond


  • Reinforcing the channel banks between the swirl separator and the pond to reduce erosion


  • Constructing natural treatment wetlands to further treat storm water runoff before it enters the upper and lower ponds


  • Removing invasive non-native plants in the pond and replacing them with native species which will improve both habitats and scenic views of the pond


  • Replacing the two deteriorated weirs at either end of the pond


On a broader scale, the water quality improvements to the harbor resulting from this joint effort project will bring more people down to the water; entice more people to move to this area; and improve property values.



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