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Long Island water pollution solutions

Continuing to work towards Long Island water pollution solutions

Long Island water pollution is a well-documented problem. Research has shown that both old cesspools and even more current septic tank and leaching pool systems, provide little treatment of nitrogen generated from human waste. This untreated nitrogen finds its way into our ground and surface waters where it can contaminate drinking water and seriously impact coastal ecosystems.  In addition to nitrogen from sewage, Long Island's waters are also contaminated with pesticides and their residues, toxic chemicals, and even prescription medications. Scientists have helped us define the problem, but now it's time to talk about solutions.

On the local level, energizing and mobilizing communities to embrace innovative solutions for improving water quality, and encouraging them to support water quality improvement plans is essential. Currently, homeowners can take advantage of grant rebate programs in Suffolk County, Southampton, and East Hampton. Community members can also join the Long Island Clean Water Partnership to support Long Island water pollution solutions!

On the County level, there have been great strides towards Long Island water pollution solutions. Most recently, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed a cesspool ban legislation into law. Cesspools have been found to have an immense negative impact on our water quality. Continuing to address and take action against similar culprits to worsening water quality will prove to be helpful in finding Long Island water pollution solutions.

One the state level, Governor Cuomo recently announced New York State will allocate $150 million to fully contain and treat the toxic plume in Bethpage from the Navy/Grumman facility. This remediation plan is a victory to furthering Long Island water pollution solutions. $2.04 million in grants will also support the health of Long Island Sound, including key local projects supporting the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan.

While these victories have been essential in improving Long Island water quality, there is still much to be done. Find legislators in your area and tell them the time to act is now. Together, we can improve Long Island water quality for generations to come. Join the Long Island Clean Water Partnership today and take action to find Long Island water pollution solutions!