Massapequa Creek - Massapequa - Conifer Revetment
We are currently in discussions with the DEC and Nassau County to begin a conifer revetment program. This involves laying and staking spent Christmas trees along the banks at a strategic point of Massapequa Creek, allowing silt to deposit in and around the embedded, horizontal trees during high water events. Eventually new banks will be established and the river will concentrate it's flows through a narrower channel, thus deepening the channel and exposing gravel and valuable spawning habitat. Additionally, less stream area will be exposed to the warming sun and will help to keep the water cool.
Cool water is especially important to our ecosystem as there is an inverse relationship between temperature and dissolved oxygen - the higher the temperature, the lower the oxygen. This not only affects the stream and fish therein, but cold rivers are the oxygen supplies of bays, on which shellfish and crustaceans are dependent.
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