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It Takes a Village

Joining together to protect our water

At the Long Island Clean Water Partnership, we often discuss the impact of water pollution, the ongoing threats our waters face, initiatives we are implementing to protect our drinking water, and the results of our actions. While the Partnership aims to lead the way for water quality improvement and protection, there are many other communities that come together to help advance this necessary mission.

Southampton Village residents, state and local elected officials, and environmentalists came together recently to discuss the issues the polluted Lake Agawam faces and look for solutions to help clean up this once beautiful waterbody. The group plans to found the Lake Agawam Conservancy to protect it from future blue-green algae blooms, much of which results from nitrogen from runoff in the village’s business district. Each summer, these blooms have made the lake unsafe for humans and pets.

This is not the first time small communities have taken action to protect the waters they love. Friends of Georgica Pond, Friends of the Bay, Group to Save Goldsmith Inlet, Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, Preserve Plum Island, and many more across Nassau and Suffolk Counties are taking action. When these groups join together on an even larger scale, big change can happen.

Many communities, civic groups, environmentalists, organizations, elected officials, and more have come together to help address water pollution problems. We applaud these efforts, which have proven invaluable in the fight for clean water. As the Long Island Clean Water Partnership is committed to finding solutions for our polluted waters, we want to see summers where our beaches are open and shellfish is safe to eat. We want to know our water is safe to drink and that our elected officials are doing everything in their power to ensure this is true for future generations. You can help! Join the Partnership today to help protect and restore our waters. Click here to learn more.