ADVOCACY

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. Residents Forward is committed to advocating for our environment, our water, and our community, with an energy that would make the Lorax proud. We seek to build beauty, resiliency, sustainability, and vibrancy to the future of Port Washington. We do this in three main areas:

  • Water
  • Land Use
  • Local Economy

Our work in this capacity often involves collaboration with government agencies, civic groups, and other local organizations, making this a truly communal undertaking. We thank our members who enable us to speak out on behalf of Port Washington.

Drinking Water

“All day I’ve faced the barren waste without the taste of water, cool water…” – The Sons of Pioneers

Safeguarding our drinking water and ensuring that it remains sustainable is essential to our quality of life and our health.

In 2014, the PW Peninsula Aquifer Committee, launched 20 years prior, grew to become the Western Nassau Country Aquifer Committee comprised of elected officials, water suppliers, engineers, and environmentalists. Residents spearheaded the group’s efforts to ensure the long-term health of our drinking supply. Since then, the group has been fighting a New York City plan to reactivate Queens wells on the western border of Nassau County, potentially harming our groundwater.

In 2015, in response to the Queens well reactivation plan which proposed to pump 33 million gallons per day from the Queens wells, the Western Nassau County Aquifer Committee submitted a proposal for a groundwater study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an independent and scientifically objective third party federal agency.

Residents believes that science and data are crucial to determining the future sustainability of our drinking supply. After identifying gaps in data, Residents worked with the USGS to develop a project proposal entitled “Analysis of the Hydrogeologic Framework, Groundwater Availability and Water-Supply Sustainability of Long Island.” Our goal was to address a series of groundwater quality and quantity issues including industrial plumes and encroaching salt water and create a study to tell us if our water use was sustainable.

We continue, as part of the Western Long Island Aquifer Committee, to fight against NYC reactivating the Queens Wells and we have requested that no renewal of permits for the wells be permitted until the findings of the sustainability study are available.

Land Use

Working with local and state officials, Residents advocates for realistic, effective, and forward-looking policies and plans that support its vision for Port Washington’s well-being now and in the coming years. We also recommend the best ways to take action pursuant to these policies and plans and gauge their effectiveness.  Residents participates in Town of North Hempstead’s Visioning Committees on key projects that will shape Port’s future including:

  • North Hempstead Beach Park Visioning, including the creation of a shoreline trail along Hempstead Harbor Park to Roslyn.
  • Expansion of the Bay Walk on the west side of Shore Road
  • Visioning of Port’s waterfront, including the Town Dock, Sunset Park, and waterfront multi-use trails
  • Planning for long-term parking and traffic solutions, including a commuter shuttle pilot from Soundview to the LIRR
  • Creation of Blumenfeld Family Park

Local Economy 

Residents works to keep our Main Street business area clean, vibrant, and beautiful. Many of our initiatives, including the Port Washington Mural Project, Clean Green Main Street/PW Give a Litter Bit, and PW Blooms, are designed to revitalize Main Street and make it aesthetically pleasing to Port Washington residents and visitors alike.  We focus on creating public areas that encourage people to gather, mingle, stroll, shop, and explore.