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LICWP

Suggested Next Steps

I. FEDERAL
a. Support Federal programs and funding for water infrastructure – increase and broaden application of SRF appropriations, in particular.

II. NEW YORK STATE
a. Establish a recurring revenue source for water quality and water infrastructure needs.
b. Deliver a first draft of LINAP; with appropriate visibility/reporting and public input opportunities.
c. Support the continuation of the $2.5 Billion investment in water quality, including the $75 million septic system program. Ensure that Long Island continues to be prioritized for septic system and cesspool replacement within this program.
d. Remove barriers to septic system and cesspool replacement, including addressing the requirement that I/A septic site plans must be developed and prepared by a licensed engineer
e. Support the NYS Drinking Water Quality Taskforce development of a drinking water standard for 1,4-dioxane.
f. Work to establish a Suffolk County Water Quality improvement District.

III. SUFFOLK COUNTY
a. Work with the Suffolk County Health Department to revise the Sanitary Code.
b. Ensure that Suffolk County Sanitary Code amendments are integrated with LINAP.
c. Establish enduring reliable and recurring revenue between $50 to $100 million annually in funding to incentivize decentralized (centralized where strategically viable) wastewater systems for residential and commercial use.
d. Work to establish a Suffolk County Water Quality improvement District.
e. Create a public education campaign that encourages homeowners in priority areas to participate in the County’s septic replacement program.

IV. NASSAU COUNTY
a. Continue to move forward on upgrading treatment technologies at the South Shore Water Reclamation Facility (SSWRF) to remove 50% of nitrogen.
b. Consolidate the Long Beach Sewage Treatment Plant to the SSWRF, providing a higher level of nitrogen removal.
c. Re-direct treated effluent from SSWRF to the Cedar Creek outfall pipe, using existing infrastructure.
d. Move forward with sewering Point Lookout and connecting it to the SSWRF STP.
e. Implement water reuse practices at Cedar Creek and SSWRF STPs.
f. Create an incentive program for homeowners, modeled after Suffolk’s “Reclaim Our Waters” Initiative, that will allow the County to begin subsidizing replacement of cesspools and septic systems with I/A systems.

V. LOCAL/TOWN
a. Advocate for town adoption of advanced wastewater treatment systems and local incentive programs (through matching County and State funds) to help homeowners replace outdated and failing systems with new advanced treatment technology.
     - Organize with local community groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase public awareness about the role of septic waste and current programs available to homeowners in replacing wastewater disposal systems.
     - Sponsor information and training programs for members of the “design/build” community to increase the number of land use and building professionals that are qualified to design and install on-site advanced-treatment wastewater systems.
b. Track and evaluate the progress and success of local septic rebate programs and advocate for more village/town regulations on alternative septic systems for new construction and major renovations
c. Expand programs for municipalities to promote green infrastructure for the management of stormwater runoff.
d. Expand programs for municipalities to promote green infrastructure for the management of stormwater runoff.
e. Encourage towns to develop match programs to the county and state funds for septic replacement programs.