The Town of Bayville, NY has banned citizens from feeding wild birds, including pigeons and water fowl at local parks in an effort to keep its waterways cleaner.
“If people feed wterfowl, they don’t leave the area, and then they leave feces that contaminate the water,” stated Mayor Dougld Watson. “We’re not chasing the ducks and geese away that are there now, but we don’t want anymore because we have to reduce the pathogens in the waterways.”
Bayville now joins other Long Island communities including Massapequa Pak, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Riverhead, Southampton and Brookhaven, etc. in compliance with its permit and federal regulations regarding the Clean Water Act of 1972, which set official goals at eliminating toxic substances from navigatable waterways and introduced the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), for regulating point sources of pollution.
Point sources include:some agricultural facilities (such as animal feedlots). Municipal governments and other government facilities including military bases, and industrial facilities and service industries.
Anyone caught violating the new regulation in Bayville could be fined up to $250 and spend 10 days in jail.