Environmental Bond Act

In August 2004 and in September 2006, the County Executive and the Nassau County Legislature recognized the urgent need to identify financial resources to protect the county’s remaining open space, natural resources, park lands, and drinking water. They also advanced the remediation of contaminated properties around the county. The county executive and legislature unanimously adopted Local Laws 14-2004 and 10-2006 to conduct a referendum on a $50 million and $100 million Environmental Program, respectively. In November 2004 and 2006, these referendums appeared on the ballot, and were overwhelmingly approved by 77% of the voters of Nassau County. This approval led to the creation of the Nassau County Environmental Program.

Charged Projects


The Nassau County Department of Public Works is charged with overseeing the implementation of all Brownfield Remediation, Park Improvement, and Stormwater Quality Improvement projects approved under the 2004 and 2006 Environmental Bond Act Programs. The four categories' improvements can be seen below.

Project
Number of Projects in 2004
Open Space Purchases
7
Brownfield Remediations
2
Park Improvements
20
Stormwater Quality Improvements
19

Project
Number of Projects in 2006
Open Space Purchases
16
Brownfield Remediations
5
Park Improvements
54
Stormwater Quality Improvements
28

Project Breakdown


Of the 151 projects, 53 are the subject of intermunicipal partnerships, in which the county is working with other municipalities to carry out projects on their property. Of the projects, 75 will be carried out with county resources. The department has engaged the services of a consultant to assist with day-to-day program management.

Status Summary Reports


As required by the local laws for each respective Bond Act, the county executive is to report annually to the legislature various financial information, including expenditures and the balance of funds remaining in the Environmental Bond Act Programs. The department has been preparing the annual reports and will periodically post quarterly update reports, as well.