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Alewife (one of two species of river herring native to Long Island) have been documented in Bellmore Creek for the past several migration seasons. Diane Worden, a volunteer with the annual Long Island River Herring Survey, discovered the “remnant run” of fish at the outflow of the Wantagh Mill Pond in 2015, the first barrier that blocks their annual upstream spawning migration. The creek is one of the only two-dozen streams on Long Island where remnant runs of the ecologically valuable fish still exist. Access to vital upstream freshwater spawning habitat would allow the creek's river herring run to grow, which would provide momentum for overall efforts to restore populations throughout the South Shore Estuary Reserve.

In 2018, Seatuck was awarded the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) grant for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency to design fish passage at Mill Pond and restore critical habitat. The goal of the project is to prepare a “shovel ready” design for fish passage at Wantagh Mill Pond that can be implemented at a later time when construction funding is available.

Seatuck has assembled a Bellmore Creek Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from NYSDEC, NYS Office of Parks & Recreation, South Shore Estuary Reserve Office, Nassau County, Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, Town of Hempstead, South Bellmore Civic Association, South Shore Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and Trout Unlimited. After convening a series of development meetings of the Advisory Committee, Seatuck has prepared and is now releasing a Request for Proposals for the purpose of finding a consultant to lead the project.

Please register if you are interested in submitting a proposal to the RFP here. We would like to know all interested potential proposers so that we may contact you if there is an update or change to the RFP. The Request for Proposals can be downloaded here. 

The timeline for submission and review of the RFP is as follows:

  • Ad Date: April 1st, 2020
  • Non-Mandatory “Virtual” Site Visit: May 1st, 2020 (Attendance must be confirmed with Seatuck)
  • Request for Clarification Due By: June 1st, 2020 (Must be emailed to Seatuck)
  • Response to Clarification Issued: No later than June 15th, 2020
  • Proposal Due Date: July 1st, 2020 by 5:00 pm EST time
  • Tentative Award Selection: August 1st, 2020
  • Contract Award: September 1st, 2020
  • Project Completion: September 30th, 2021

The proposer is responsible for assuring that the proposal is delivered to Seatuck by the stated due date and time. The Seatuck contact for this project is Conservation Policy Advocate, Emily Hall; please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions or clarifications.

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