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Residents Asked to Help Clear Street Drains

Catch basins are vital for drainage and recharging the drinking water supply, Oyster Bay town councilwoman reminds.

Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Beth Faughnan issued a statement this week in the wake of heavy rainfall, spotlighting the importance of catch basins and asking residents to help keep them clean.

"As the name implies, it is a basin designed to catch the storm water runoff, but it does a lot more," Faughnan said. "These ‘mini-reservoirs’ also provide a way to rejuvenate, or recharge, the underground drinking water system, so it is critical that they be kept clean and free or debris."

She said that while the Town has crews which clean the basins, residents can help by not throwing used motor oil or debris into them, and by clearing any - such as the leaves that are starting to fall - that has accumulated on them.

“Clearing the grills is especially important before a heavy rain because the catch basins are where the rainwater goes," Faughnan said. "If the drains are clogged, the backed-up water can cause street flooding.”

An informative brochure about catch basins is available at Town Halls North and South and at the Department of Public Works, as well as on the Town's website.

Reminders for the week:

  • Second-hand dealer and conservation licenses expire Sunday.
  • S.T.O.P. Collection Day for household hazardous waste is Saturday.

Mark your calendars:

Town Board Meeting

Where: Town Hall North, Oyster Bay

When: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Family Fall and Halloween Festival

Where: Syosset-Woodbury Community Park

When: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Marilyn September 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Quite frankly with the taxes we pay to the town of oyster bay, the Dept. of Public works should send workers out to clean the debris & clear the leaves periodically!
Jack coyote September 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
A good idea. Take responsibility, just like shoveling out fire hydrants after a snow storm.
Marilyn September 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I agree that shoveling out fire hydrants after a snow storm is vital. However, at this time of year they could take the time to clean leaves & debris from the storm drains!
Simba October 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
To expect my lazy ass neighbour that doesn't even clean the snow from his sidewalk to clean the drain, yeah right !!!
Marilyn October 01, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Simba, that's part of the problem...the drain is not in front of my house & I live on a hilly street. When it snows, the town seems to have a habit of dumping the snow right on top of that drain which of course causes flooding and icing at night! I'm tired of working for the Town of Oyster Bay!
charles October 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Bad Idea... Why do we pay Taxes.. so they can cut service? Wrong, do your JOB, WE PAY FOR IT. ! !
Micah Danney (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
No service cut here, more of a reminder of the drains' purpose and importance.
Joe Public October 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Perhaps homeowners should instruct their landscapers to pick up leaves and grass clippings instead of blowing them into the street. I'm sure the ones which do not make it into their neighbor's yards end up clogging the drains.
John Doe October 01, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I'll do it, how much will the town pay me?
Nancy October 02, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I'm in total agreement with Joe Public. There should be a law mandating the landcapers to clean up the debris that they blow into the street and not just leave it there or on a neighbors lawn as they are in the habit of doing now. If you say something to them about it they just shrug their shoulders with the "No habla Ingles" motion. Yeah, right!!!
Nancy October 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM
It's very annoying. I see it happening all the time. Next thing you know you have all little ding marks on your car from the pebbles they are blowing with the leaves.

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