Project to Remove Trees at Hempstead Lake State Park Raise Concerns

LI Herald: The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery hosted an environmental review hearing at the Rockville Centre Public Library last week on a proposed $35 million project to rejuvenate Hempstead Lake State Park.

The project seeks to restore the 521-acre park’s northwest and northeast ponds and to create new areas for treating storm-water runoff and collecting pollutants. Other renovations include improvements to Hempstead Lake’s dam and the construction of an 8,000-square-foot Environmental Education and Resiliency Center that would monitor the lake’s water levels and serve as a community educational and emergency-response facility. In order to widen the park’s trails and complete the renovations, some 2,500 trees are expected to be removed. Continue reading>>