Join The Cause and Build a Future For Long Island!
- Start using lawn and agricultural fertilizers that are eco-friendly, that don’t pollute our groundwater, drinking water and bays with excess nitrogen and phosphorus. The excess nitrogen has been contributing to brown tide, red tide, rust tide, red tide and blue green algae, and these have been killing our bays and in some cases rendering the water toxic. Click here to see what Nitrogen Free recommends for lawn care as they work to support Save Barnegat Bay. What ever bay we are speaking of, on Long Island or not, the issues are the same — too much nitrogen in the groundwater from fertilizer and septic seepage leading to algal blooms and dying bays.
- Start using natural means to control insects. There are 115 pesticides now in our waters. We must stop adding them to our environment. Here for instance are some suggestions from Lifehacker.
- Dispose of all unused pharmaceuticals at designated locations properly. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a list of locations and schedules here. Long Island’s locations are at the bottom of the page. A variety of drugs are already in our water and food supply. We must stop this.
- Join The Long Island Partnership For Clean Water. Sign up, find out what you can do right in your community to help clean our waters for future generations
- Send the link to this page – http://stgsborg.wpengine.com/how-can-i-help-save-lis-waters – to other Long Islanders. Share it via Twitter (use hashtags #LetitRipple, #LIPartnershipforCleanWater, #SaveTheGreatSouthBay), and Facebook. We need everyone on board if we are going to fix this.
- If you are a member organization in The Long Island Partnership for Clean Water, or have a site and want to support the cause, embed the video below in your site or link to this page. Here’s the embed code: <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/FBOHqtXyc0M” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
A statement from The Long Island Partnership For Clean Water:
Help Save Clean Water on Long Island!
On Long Island, a safe supply of clean drinking water and healthy creeks, bays and harbors support a multi-billion dollar economy fueled by tourism, boating, fishing, plentiful seafood, and a desirable way of life for 2.8 million Nassau and Suffolk residents.
Scientists have determined that increasing pollution from sewage, pesticides and toxic chemicals threaten Long Island’s water. Aging sewer and septic systems leak nitrogen into our underground supply of fresh drinking water, which flows into our creeks, bays and harbors. This leads to “red tides” and other environmental problems that choke sea life, kill fish and poison shellfish that people eat.
Fortunately, we can fix it. But action by local, county and state officials is needed right now if Long Island’s water quality is to be protected and restored for our children and grandchildren.
Long Island needs new water quality standards to reduce the amount of sewage pollution in our local waters and improve, upgrade and modernize existing sewer and septic systems.
We all have good reason to make sure our water supply is clean and healthy, and we each have a part to play in protecting it for the future. Join the Long Island Clean Water Partnership and do your part to save our water! (By registering you will be able to send letters directly to your elected officials to let them know how important Long Island’s water is to you).
For more information please see our LI Clean Water summary. Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Group for the East End, Long Island Pine Barrens Society, and The Nature Conservancy have been working together for over a year to form this Long Island wide campaign and the Long Island Clean Water Partnership.
Save The Great South Bay is a member of this partnership and is dedicated to supporting its efforts to make all Long Islanders aware of the problems our waters face, as well as the solutions.