County OKs funding for Glen Cove Treatment Plant bulkhead

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An aerial view of the Glen Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant, which on Aug. 3 was approved to receive funding for a new marine bulkhead. (Photo by Peter M. Budraitis, courtesy of Delia DeRiggi-Whitton's office)

The Nassau County Legislature voted unanimously on Aug. 3 to approve additional funding for a new marine bulkhead that runs along the Glen Cove Sewage Treatment Plant located near Hempstead Harbor.

Several years ago, initial county funding was approved for replacing an existing bulkhead, according to the office of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove), who moved to acquire the funding.

At the time, when the Melville-based design and construction consulting firm H2M Architects + Engineers inspected the area surrounding the bulkhead, soil and groundwater testing revealed low levels of contamination.

H2M and the Nassau County Department of Public Works then worked with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to amend the project.

DeRiggi-Whitton’s office cites the original repair costs were $117,520, and additional costs of $54,960 have brought the total cost to $172,480.

The legislator, a Glen Cove native, expressed her excitement for the project in a statement.

“I am so pleased that the new approach to this project, which was the brainchild of a successful collaboration between multiple levels of government and H2M, will prioritize the long-term health and safety of our precious waterways,” DeRiggi-Whitton said in a statement. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their unanimous vote and continuing to prioritize the preservation of Hempstead Harbor.”

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