Suggested Next Steps
2016 LONG ISLAND WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ACTION PLAN
- Secure final commitment of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds for resiliency, water quality and wastewater infrastructure.
- Ensure Support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nitrogen Reduction Strategy for the restoration of Long Island Sound watersheds and coastal embayments.
- Create federal mandate for “point of sale” returns of expired and unused pharmaceuticals.
New York State
- Ensure the successful drafting, management, and funding of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP).
- Assure LINAP is integrated with related State, County, and local clean water efforts including the NYS-funded Long Island Aquifer Study in particular.
- Support the State Water Infrastructure Act to access funding for wastewater projects that address water quality
- Establish a recurring revenue source for water quality and water infrastructure needs.
- Expedite completion and implementation the New York State Pesticide Management Plan and pursue a ban on the most toxic and frequently found pesticides from further use on Long Island.
- Establish new regulations to address the growing water quality impacts of illegal dumping and vegetative waste processing that have been identified as a major threat to Long Island’s water supply.
- Enact incentive programs to reduce and eliminate pesticides and Household Hazardous Wastes.
- Establish and promote local/regional programs to enhance safe disposal of pharmaceuticals
- Expand programs for municipalities to promote green infrastructure for the management of stormwater runoff.
Nassau and Suffolk Counties
- Establish funding to incentivize decentralized wastewater systems for residential and commercial use.
- Secure Federal, State, and County funding for the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Ocean Outfall Pipe and nitrogen removal.
- Repair the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant’s “under-bay” outfall pipe
- Establish regulatory standards to govern the use of denitrifying residential wastewater treatment technologies
- Enact incentives to reduce and eliminate pesticides and products that are considered household hazardous waste.
- Advocate for the implementation of top IBM Smart Cities Report recommendations for Suffolk County.
- Develop a “Responsible Management Entity” to monitor and manage water quality.
- Repeal/replace Local Law 39-2011, granting the Suffolk Legislature control over the Comprehensive Water Plan.
- Extend the Community Preservation Fund with a new water quality improvement component.
- Energize and mobilize local communities to embrace the innovative solutions for improving water quality.
- Support the development of local water quality improvement plans
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