Our Treasured Surrounding Waterways

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Front row: Judy Jacobson, TONH Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Kay Ullman; second row: TONH Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Marie Bellon, Baxter Estates Mayor  Nora Haagenson, Sands Point Mayor Ed Adler, NYS Senator Jack Martins, NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi- Witton, TONH Village Clerk Wayne Wink and Nancy Cowles
Front row: Judy Jacobson, TONH Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Kay Ullman; second row: TONH Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Marie Bellon, Baxter Estates Mayor Nora Haagenson, Sands Point Mayor Ed Adler, NYS Senator Jack Martins, NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Witton, TONH Village Clerk Wayne Wink and Nancy Cowles

The League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset recently held its annual fall fundraising event at the Village Club of Sands Point. Many league members, community leaders and guests attended.

Guest speakers Sarah Deonarine, executive director of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, and Eric Swenson, executive director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, provided a brief history of the harbors and explained their importance to the surrounding communities.

Executive Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson, Pasqua Dziadul, Executive Director of  the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee Sarah Deonarine and Kay Ullman
Executive Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson, Pasqua Dziadul, Executive Director of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee Sarah Deonarine and Kay Ullman

The waterways have improved significantly in the last few years, even to the extent that the harvesting of oysters, requiring the highest standards of cleanliness, is taking place in upper Hempstead Harbor. Kayaking, sailing, fishing and trail walking along the shores have all become popular activities. Swans, ospreys, herons and piping plovers are nesting in abundance along the waterways.

However, issues of pollution-control remain. Two critical examples are control of storm drain run-off and solid waste management. The speakers encourage continued sensitivity to all activities affecting our waterways.

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