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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Hempstead Town Deploys Shark Patrol, Provides Beach Safety Tips

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Beach season is well underway in America’s largest township and Town of Hempstead ocean lifeguards are out in full force, keeping watch over beachgoers and patrolling the waterways for unwelcome sharks. With a 10-foot mako shark having recently washed ash...

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Clavin, Bay Constables Share Boater Safety Tips as Memorial Day Weekend Approaches

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Lido Beach, NY – The week leading up to Memorial Day Weekend denotes National Safe Boating Week, an important observance that raises awareness about the significance of boater safety. In response to this nautical week, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin...

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Town News
Posted on: May 4, 2022

Celebrate Share the Shore Day at Lido Beach Town Park!

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The Town of Hempstead, Audubon New York, and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) are partnering to host a free community event, Share the Shore Day, at Lido Beach Town Park on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Attendees can sign-up for a variety ...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: May 6, 2022

Hempstead Town, Toyota Showcase Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles at Town Energy Park

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Building on Hempstead Town’s long history of environmental sustainability initiatives, Supervisor Don Clavin welcomed a new generation of hydrogen powered vehicles to the township’s Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout.  The vehicles, manufactu...

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Posted on: April 19, 2022

New Peregrine Falcon Pair Nests at MNSA

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This year, our Peregrine Falcon box sited in the Middle Bay section of our Hempstead Bay estuary, has a brand new pair.  Arriving in March 2022, our department's biologists identified a large un-banded female and a banded male.  ...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Marine Nature Study Area Celebrates 52nd Birthday!

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52 years ago, the Marine Nature Study Area opened on the very first Earth Day in 1970.  Through those years, its unique mission to "provide for education, research, preservation and management practices” has been fulfilled and continues to b...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

2022 Beach Cleanup Dates Announced

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The Town of Hempstead will once again be partnering with Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) and All Our Energy to host monthly beach cleanups at Town beaches. The 2022 inaugural beach cleanup event will kick-off on March 27th at Point Lookout T...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: January 25, 2022

Free Terrapin Excluder Devices Available at Conservation and Waterways

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Diamondback Terrapins are a critical species living in the waters and salt marshes throughout the Hempstead Bays.  A multi-year terrapin population study is currently being conducted by the Department. Unfortunately, one of the greatest threats t...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: April 19, 2022

Purple Martin Box Debuts at MNSA

Purple Martin Box

Our Purple Martin nest box and nest gourds went up in April at the Marine Nature Study Area located in Oceanside.  Donated by the South Shore Audubon Society, these structures will help support the unique breeding habits of the Purple Martin. &am...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: February 7, 2022

Hempstead Town Secures $300K NYS Grant to Support Enhanced Environmental Conservation Efforts

Supervisor Clavin oversees restoration efforts of town maintained waters off Inwood in Jamaica Bay.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin was joined by members of the Town Board to announce $300K in new grant funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to support the Town of Hempstead’s Shellfish Restoration Program – a proje...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Town of Hempstead Partners with Environmental Groups to Promote Native Plantings in Hempstead

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Town of Hempstead biologists collected native seed from the Hempstead Plains grassland in 2020, and were able to propagate and grow the seed in the Town’s newly renovated sustainable greenhouse.  This initiative is in partnership with Friends of ...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 Atlantic Brant Research Project

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Report by Leah Gath, Hofstra University

The Town of Hempstead is currently assisting the Canadian Wildlife Service, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and University of Missouri with a researc...

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Additional Info on NYS DEC's banding program... Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 Building Community Through Sustainable Living

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In the 2021 Building Community Through Sustainable Living program, the Town of Hempstead had multiple partnerships with local community organizations and colleges including Hofstra University and Farmingdale State College, resulting in community engagemen...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring

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The Town of Hempstead has grant funding to study the diamondback terrapin population in Hempstead Bay.  Town biologists believe this local estuary is an important habitat for diamondback terrapins, and this research will help gain a greater under...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 Piping Plover Breeding Season

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Piping plover pair numbers exceeded previous years this season, with a record number of 23 nesting pairs. A federally threatened and New York State endangered species, the piping plover has been monitored on Town of Hempstead beaches since the 1980s, and ...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 10, 2021

Department Dispatch: 2021 American Oystercatcher Breeding Season

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The Town of Hempstead has been monitoring American Oystercatchers since they began nesting in New York in the early 1990s. Major threats to oystercatcher populations include loss of habitat and climate change. While Town beaches offer a space for recreati...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 4, 2021

Recovering Oyster Shells: From The Bay, To The Dinner Plate, and Back

Guest Lecture Recovering Oyster Shells Poster

Town of Hempstead Conservation Biologist, Stephen Naham, joined Maureen Dunn of the Seatuck Environmental Association for a guest lecture titled, "Recovering Oyster Shells: From The Bay, To The Dinner Plate, and Back".  The presentation...

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Additional Info... Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Conservation Staff Grow Sugar Kelp in Hempstead Bay to Improve Water Quality

Sugar Kelp Gameteophytes under microscope

The cultivation of sugar kelp can be beneficial to the marine environment.  This species of macroalgae is very effective at absorbing excess nutrients that degrade water quality, a natural process often referred to as bioextraction.  The...

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Conservation & Waterways News
Posted on: December 15, 2021

Hempstead Town, National Grid Expand Hydrogen Fueling Station

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Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin, members of the Town Board and National Grid announced a joint project, to build one of the first and largest clean hydrogen projects in the country. The HyGrid Project located in Point Lookout on Long Island will blen...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Website Personalization Now Available!

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By clicking “Log In” on the MyAccount bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyAccount. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see mos...

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