The first of several components in the Living with the Bay program has reached 90% design: improvements to restore Hempstead Lake State Park’s dam, spillway, and related infrastructure that will mitigate flooding in Mill River collecting excess water for temporary storage. The New York State Parks Department (Parks) will seek bids for dam stabilization and an Environmental Education and Resiliency Center as soon as Parks receives environmental permits that are under review and HUD’s release of construction funds. The Project Team has started designs for three other components: dredging Smith Pond in Rockville Centre to increase the pond’s capacity for stormwater that otherwise would flood Mill River; protecting East Rockaway High School with bulkhead improvements and backflow preventers along the river; and constructing the Mill River Greenway, a series of paths and bioswales along the riverbank to increase safety, ecological appreciation, and opportunities for walking and biking. Learn more>>