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New York County Environmental Assessment. Nassau county By: Katelyn Stancliffe Tamarac Elementary 5 th grade. Aim and Methods. Aim: To find more information about strengths and environmental challenges facing Nassau County Methods:

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new york county environmental assessment

New York CountyEnvironmental Assessment

Nassau county

By: Katelyn Stancliffe

Tamarac Elementary

5th grade

aim and methods
Aim and Methods

Aim:

To find more information about strengths and environmental challenges facing Nassau County

Methods:

Researched using multiple websites and newspaper articles.

One website that I used was the Department of Environmental Conservation site.

location and terrain
Location and Terrain

Nassau county is located in southern New York, on Long Island.

Terrain

  • No mountain ranges
  • Flat
  • 166 miles of beaches
native american communities around 1600
Native American Communities Around 1600

The Poospatuck tribe has a preservation in Nassau County, which is one of the smallest in New York State.

population and location challenges
Population and Location Challenges
  • Population- 1,349,233 (2012)
  • Very close to New York city.
  • People commute to work.
  • Challenge: More cars which cause SMOG. This contributes to Global Warming.
habitats and challenges
Habitats and Challenges
  • Wetlands
    • Challenges: Being filled in and built over top of for housing and industries.
  • Forests
    • Challenges: Trees are being cut down for development.
  • Little Farmland

One farm, Crossroads at Grossman’s, teaches people from the inner city about where their food comes from.

major industries
Major Industries
  • Social and Healthcare / Education
  • Important for helping in the community
  • Challenges: Uses a lot of gas powered vehicles causes air pollution.
  • Challenges: Uses a lot of paper products that are being thrown away
  • Retail Trade
  • Buys products from the companies that produce to sell to consumers
  • Challenges: Packaging materials produce waste.
rivers and watersheds
Rivers and Watersheds
  • Eel Creek and the Pathogen Watershed are all watersheds in Nassau county.
  • Rivers in Nassau county include Mill River.
  • Challenges: Oil spills, chemical spills, and pollution are just some of the things that pollute Nassau counties water sources.
energy
Energy
  • 86% of Nassau County’s energy comes from gas.
    • Challenges of gas extraction: Chemicals they use for fracking gets into groundwater, which can make people sick.
  • There are no wind power or solar power plants in this county, and the county doesn’t plan on building any in the future.
waste
Waste
  • There are many landfills and incinerators but not many recycling and composting companies.

2013 – The EPA announced plans to build a water treatment system to collect liquid seeping from the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site.

recommendations
Recommendations
  • Solar Plants and Wind Plants in Nassau County
  • Promoting carpooling or more energy efficient cars
  • Educating more people about where their food comes from
references
References
  • “About Nassau County.” Nassau Land Trust. Accessed April 22, 2014. https://nassaulandtrust.org/about-nassau-county.
  • “About Us: Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s.” Nassau Land Trust. Accessed April 22, 2014. https://nassaulandtrust.org/crossroadsfarm.
  • Brian Nearing. “Treatment Plant to Open at Nassau Toxic Dump.” The Green Blog, November 26, 2013. http://blog.timesunion.com/green/treatment-plant-to-open-at-nassau-toxic-dump/4499/.
  • Nassau County. “Nassau County: Long Island, New York,” 2013. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/.
  • “Nassau County, New York.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, April 22, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nassau_County,_New_York&oldid=604274078.
  • Native Languages of the Americas. “Native American Tribes of New York,” 2014. http://www.native-languages.org/york.htm.
  • New York State DEC. “Energy and Climate: The Energy/Climate Change Connection.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014. http://www.dec.ny.gov/60.html.
  • ———. “List of Compost Facilities in New York State.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/55447.html.
  • ———. “Nassau and Suffolk Counties: Trends in Wetland Loss.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/31989.html.
  • ———. “NYS Watersheds: Management, Monitoring, and Assessment.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/60135.html.
  • ———. “Registered Electronic Waste Recycling Facilities.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2014. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/73670.html.
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. “Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site,” 2014. http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/19/details.aspx.
  • North American Environthon. “About Us.” North American Environthon, 2013. http://www.envirothon.org/about-us.html.
  • NRDC. “Renewable Energy for America: Renewable Energy Map.” Natural Resources Defense Council, 2013. http://www.nrdc.org/energy/renewables/energymap.asp.
  • Richard Frisbie. “Early Nassau & Suffolk County History.” Hope Farm Press, 1996. http://www.hopefarm.com/nassauny.htm.
  • US EPA. “AirCompare: Are You Breathing Clean Air? How Does Your City Compare?” AirNow, February 15, 2014. http://www.epa.gov/aircompare/index.htm.
  • ———. “How Clean Is the Electricity I Use? - Power Profiler | Clean Energy.” United States Environmental Protection Agency, April 22, 2014. http://oaspub.epa.gov/powpro/ept_pack.charts.
  • Vink, Jan. Nassau County Profile 2013. Cornell Program on Applied Demographics. Accessed March 15, 2014. http://pad.human.cornell.edu/profiles/Nassau.pdf.