INFORMATION ON WHAT
CAN CREATE FISH KILLS:
contain nitrates and phosphates that, in abundance, can lead to water
quality degradation and fish kills.
unnecessary use of fertilizers
Do not apply before
a heavy rainfall when it is more likely they will be carried into
the bay by runoff
household products made to exterminate pests are also toxic to humans,
animals, aquatic organisms and plants. Use alternatives whenever
possible. If you do use a pesticide, follow the label directions
info. on pesticide use [leaving
common household products (paint thinners, moth balls, drain and oven
cleaners, unused and expired medications to name a few) contain toxic
ingredients. When improperly used or discarded, these products are a
threat to public health and the environment. Do not discard with the
regular household trash. Use natural and less toxic alternatives
for information regarding household hazardous waste Stop Throwing Out
hazardous Pollutants (STOP) collection.
North Hempstead Link to the STOP program
Litter: Trash that
makes its way into the environment can have serious impacts on the
health of wildlife and humans. To avoid this:
- Discard items,
including cigarette butts and fast food containers, in trash
- Never throw
trash onto streets or down storm drains.
- Recycle as much
- Join a beach
clean-up! E-mail: mbpcExec@gmail.com to
join the annual fall beach clean-up.
Pet Waste: Animal
wastes contain bacteria and viruses that can contaminate shellfish beds
and cause the closing of beaches. Pet owners should pick up after
pets and dispose of wastes in the garbage or toilet.
Motor Oil: Used
motor oil contains toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans, animals,
and fish. Do not dump used motor oil down storm drains or on the
ground. Recycle all used motor oil by taking it to a local public or
private recycling center.
Car Washing: Wash
your car only when necessary. Consider using a commercial car wash that
recycles its wash water.
Septic Systems: An
improperly working septic system can contaminate ground water and create
public health problems. Avoid adding unnecessary grease, household
hazardous products, and solids to your septic system. Pump out your
tank every 3 to 5 years depending on its use. Coming soon: CESSPOOL
Boat Discharges: Dumping
boat sewage overboard introduces bacteria and viruses into the water and
it is also illegal: Manhasset Bay and the neighboring Long Island Sound
are designated No Discharge Zones. Boaters should always use marine
sanitation devices and pump-out facilities. For free pump outs call the
Town of North Hempstead Dock @ 1-516-767-4622 or the Town Pump-Out Boat
on VHF Channel 9.