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Can Long Island Be Saved, Part V: Cuomo’s Initiative to Improve Water Quality and Coastal Resilience

he die offs of vegetation (marshes, eel grass, sea grass) and wildlife (fish, shellfish, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles) have been stunning. Whole habitats are vanishing before our eyes. At the same time, that nitrogen is seeping ever more deeply into our drinking water into the aquifer that sits below us, with water deposited there by glacier melt eons ago.

Not only are nitrogen rates rising, but the rate of the rise is too, as the plume of nitrogen created by the explosive population growth on Post War Long Island, much unsewered, has generated a plume of nitrogen that is now making its way downward into our drinking water.

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Can Long Island Be Saved? Part I

The numbers are staggering – 500,000 septic tanks on Long Island. An estimated 2000 outfall pipes pouring runoff into our lakes, streams and bays with each rain. 100+ small dams and spillways blocking the way for ocean fish that would otherwise spawn. Clam harvests in the Great South Bay down well over 90 percent. Scallops in Peconic Bay all but wiped out by rust tide. Fish populations a small fraction of what they were not too long ago.

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When It Comes To Long Island’s Ground Water Pollution Problem, The Facts Are Now Speaking For Themselves

Ever since the release of The Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan, January 23, 2014, County Executive Steve Bellone has been on a mission to focus attention on the need to address our septic tank and water quality issues. He kicked off matters with a 9500 person conference call on water quality in. He has since then called for funding and for extending sewer districts. Most recently, Suffolk County won an IBM Smarter Cities Award, which will be used to study how best to address the septic tank issue in the county. Bellone worked with Senator Gillibrand to advocate for this. We are thankful to both for working on behalf of Long Island.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Now Lacks the Budget and Man Power to Do Its Job — Is This a Bug or a Feature?

One preferred tactic for addressing laws you don't like is to cut off funding to the point where those laws are no longer enforceable. Budgets are statements of priorities. The past ten years have seen sharp budget cuts at the NYSDEC -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. As a result, according to a report recently issued by The Environmental Advocates for New York, "The DEC is looking less, and finding less."

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A Great South Bay Breach and Estuary Policy Bibliography

A work in progress:  Federal The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Home.aspx The 1996 Breach Contingency Plan http://www.nps.gov/fiis/parkmgmt/upload/ACOE-BCP-1996_web.pdf Recommendations for a Barrier Island Breach …

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