Municipal Officials Conference: Managing Cesspools and Septic Systems to Protect Long Island's Waters More>
Approximately 130 coastal managers, septic and cesspool company
business owners, researchers, water quality professionals, elected
officials, engineers and concerned citizens gathered for a March 2014
conference to hear experts deliver much needed information about the
state of Long Island's cesspools and septic systems and where we go from
- On Blog: Where Does It All Go? More>
What it is like to have a group of professionals inspect your
home septic system? When the criteria for candidate homes for
inspections was discussed by the organizers of March 2014's Cesspool
and Septic conference, Eric Swenson realized that his home in Oyster
Bay, fairly close to Long Island Sound, seemed like a good candidate.
Municipal Officials Conference: "Managing Cesspools and Septic Systems to Protect Long Island's Waters" - Flyer | PDF
is now open for this event, which will be held on Tuesday, March 25
from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Old Bethpage Village Restoration:cesspool.brownpapertickets.com.
from the conference's partners - which include New York Sea Grant, the
Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, the Hempstead Harbor Protection
Committee, the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, the
Town of Oyster Bay and Friends of the Bay - will deliver the latest
information on the problems that septic systems and cesspools are
suspected of causing.
"The intent is to provide municipal officials with on-the-ground
case studies and comprehensive tools and techniques that have proven
successful in reducing the impacts of cesspools and septic systems
elsewhere in the northeast," says New York Sea Grant's Water Quality
Specialist and NY Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
Presenters will also provide an overview of
initiatives that are currently underway on Long Island to address
cesspools and septic systems in a proactive, innovative, and
cost-effective manner. "This conference serves as an important forum for
networking, sharing ideas, and considering next steps," says Keenan.
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New York Sea Grant Water Quality Specialist Eileen Keenan, Manager of
the New York Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
Program, discusses the issue with Long Island Report. This past summer,
Keenan was a moderator at the NYSG co-sponsored Second Annual Long
Island Green Infrastructure Conference & Expo hosted at Brookhaven
NYSG a Sponsor of 2nd Annual LI Green Infrastructure Conf & Expo More>
Mid-June '13 conference focusing on ‘How to Address Water and Energy
Issues and Benefit by Going Green During Tough Economic Times’ will be
hosted at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
NYSG at the Forefront of First Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure Conference More>
NYSG was one of several cosponsors of this event, at which municipal
officials and engineers, planners, consultants, property owners,
landscape architects, and business leaders were provided with
information on how green infrastructure can be an effective means of
protecting Long Island’s valuable groundwater and coastal resources.
NYSG is a sponsor of the 1st Annual Long Island Green Infrastructure Conference & Expo
focusing on ‘Protecting Our Water Resources.' The event will be hosted
by the Nassau and Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Thursday, June 21, 2012. More>
NYSG's NEMO Program Educates Officials on Storm Sewer System Regulations More>
seen in the Great Neck Record (May 2012), local officials recently
discussed the operation of separate storm water systems. Eileen Keenan,
manager New York Sea Grant's NEMO Program, briefed the local officials
on the MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer system), the regulations,
basic requirements, effectiveness evaluation and special requirements
relating to impaired water bodies in the area.
New York Sea Grant NEMO Program Addresses Peconic Water Resource Protection More>
Fall 2010, NYSG's Eileen Keenan participated as a panelist at the
Peconic Estuary Program’s Call to Action Conference in Southampton, NY.
Attended by over 200 municipal officials and local stakeholders, the
conference offered action-oriented discussions that covered stormwater
and nitrogen management, eelgrass protection, and habitat restoration.
Supporting Municipal Natural Resource Protection More>
stormwater management and nonpoint source pollution control on Long
Island are of vital importance to protecting estuarine resources. The
NYSG Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Program has responded to
these issues since 2001, providing technical expertise and assistance
concerning EPA Phase II Stormwater Program compliance to nearly 100 Long