With 17,000 acres of wetlands and 180 miles of coastal waterways, maintaining Hempstead Town’s pristine waters is no simple task. That is why Supervisor Kate Murray is calling on school groups, Scout troops, civic associations, veterans organizations and other clubs to assist in placing important “No Dumping” medallions on storm drains throughout the Town of Hempstead.
Working in tandem with Operation SPLASH (Stop Pollution Littering and Save Harbors), the town is seeking to prevent the dumping of motor oil, pet waste, fertilizer, pesticide and other hazardous waste in storm drains. This dumping is not only illegal, but the pollutants can be carried into town bays and waterways, damaging the town’s ecosystem.
“Under no circumstances should residents dispose of hazardous wastes in storm drains around the Town of Hempstead,” stated Murray. “Only rainwater should run into our storm drains, and these ‘No Dumping’ medallions will remind residents of the importance of helping to keep town waterways clean and pristine.”
Volunteers can log on to the "Videos" page at www.TOH.li to view an instructional video on how to attach the medallions to storm drains, and all supplies – Town of Hempstead medallions, adhesive material, brushes and gloves – will be provided to volunteers. Volunteers can work on their own schedules, making it easier for large groups to coordinate.
“This decal program is just one of the ways the Town of Hempstead and Operation SPLASH have worked together to inform the public that what goes down these street drains has a tremendous effect on the health of our beaches, bays and marine life,” said Rob Weltner, president of Operation SPLASH.
“As Town of Hempstead residents, we all have a vested interest in maintaining the cleanliness of our waterways,” concluded Murray. “I urge all residents to consider volunteering to help mark storm drains, increasing public awareness on this critical matter.”
For more information about volunteering for this program, call the town Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.