6.22.11 – Watershed Action Plan

The final draft of Friends of the Bay’s Watershed Action Plan was presented to the public by Erik Mas and Dan Buttrick of Fuss & O’Neill on Monday, June 13.   The Watershed Action Plan builds on the State of the Watershed Report , which was completed in November of 2009.  The Watershed Action Plan addresses the water resource issues of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor estuary on a watershed-based approach.  This approach has been endorsed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources.

The Watershed Action Plan identifies prioritized action items to protect and improve the health of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor estuary and watershed.  The plan has been developed to address the priorities and issues identified in the State of the Watershed Report, with significant participation by a steering committee of interested stakeholders and the public.  The Watershed Action Plan is designed to have the clear potential to affect on the ground change within the watershed by recommending specific, measurable actions to protect and improve water resource conditions.

The plan recommends priority actions which are most critical to the success of the watershed plan and will have the greatest benefit to water resource conditions in the harbor complex and watershed.

Also recommended in the plan are site-specific project concepts.  These concepts were developed to address issues at selected sites.  These concepts meet many of the goals, objectives and specific actions identified in the previous sections of the plan.  The site-specific project concepts are intended to serve as potential on the ground projects for future implementation.  They are meant as examples of potential opportunities, not site-specific project designs.

Among the recommended projects are:  South Street Greening, Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Plaza Low Impact Development (LID) improvements, Cold Spring Harbor Municipal Parking Lot LID retrofit, Audrey Avenue Green Street, Beekman Creek Restoration Plan, Pine Hollow Shopping Center LID retrofits, Fireman’s Field Greening, White’s Creek Restoration, and a LID retrofit for the Oyster Bay Municipal Parking Lot. Many of the concepts and retrofits suggested for implementation in one site, could be used for other sites as well.

The complete draft Watershed Action Plan, as well as the powerpoint presentation given by Erik Mas and Dan Buttrick is available for download from Friends of the Bay’s website at www.friendsofthebay.org.  As always in this process, public comments are welcome.  Please send them to watershed@friendsofthebay.org, no later than July 8.  Your comments will be evaluated for inclusion in the final report, which will be published by the end of summer.