Case Study

Scudders Pond Subwatershed Improvements

The Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee and Village of Sea Cliff completed subwatershed improvements at Scudders Pond to address stormwater drainage problems impacting the water quality of the pond and Hempstead Harbor, highlighted as a priority in the 1998 Hempstead Harbor Water Quality Improvement Plan. The improvements included dredging the pond, installing a hydrodynamic separator to intercept sediment, removing invasive Phragmites australis and replacing with native plants, realigning the stream to reduce erosion, redirecting the stormwater from residences to the bioswale, creation of a biofilter wetland area, replacement of the weir between the upper and lower ponds and weir at Shore Road.

Study Type: Project
Impact Information:
Water quality improvements in Scudders Pond and Hempstead Harbor, views of the Pond have been restored.
Period of Completion: Scudders Pond Subwatershed Plan: 2004-2007Implementation/Construction: November 2013 - April 2014
Total Cost: $2.6 million
Funding Sources: 3 NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants, 2 Nassau County Environmental Bond Act Grants, Nassau County Legislator Special Appropriation, Village of Sea Cliff and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee funding.
Permits Needed: NYSDEC Tidal Wetland PermitNYSDEC Freshwater Wetland Permit
Contact Info:

Eric Swenson, Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee,

Nature-based Solutions
Aquatic Resources
Stormwater Management
Water Quality

Resilience Steps


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