Public Hearing: Water Security: Bringing Long Island Together to Protect Our Aquifers & Drinking Water

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Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer (D-Huntington) will join Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) to host a discussion about the current threats to Long Island’s water supply. Interested parties are encouraged to testify at the meeting and weigh-in on this very important issue.

WHO:             Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer, M.D. Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth Expert Speakers, Scientists, Environmentalists, Water District Representatives, and Interested Parties

WHAT:           Public Hearing regarding:  Water Security: Bringing Long Island Together to Protect Our Aquifers & Drinking Water

WHEN:           Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE:         William H. Rogers Legislature Building, Rose Caracappa Auditorium, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY  11787

DIRECTIONS: From the East:  Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) west to exit 57. Head north on the Service Road. Turn right (north) on Veterans Memorial Highway (State Hwy 454) and continue west beyond the merge with Nesconset Highway (State Hwy 347).  Approx. ½ mile after the merge, turn right onto County Center Rd. (1st stoplight after Blydenburgh County Park). Make the first left and look for the William H. Rogers Building on the left (south) side of the road. From the West: Take the Northern State Parkway east until it junctions with Veterans Memorial Highway (State Hwy 454). Continue east approximately 2/3 of a mile. Turn left at County Center Rd. Make the first left and look for the William H. Rogers Building on the left (south) side of the road.

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2 Responses to Public Hearing: Water Security: Bringing Long Island Together to Protect Our Aquifers & Drinking Water

  1. This is an issue that needed to be addressed years ago. If we are to have a sustainable Long Island 50 and 100 years from now, we need to start working on a unified bi-county sewer system. Until this island gets off cesspools, we will continue to damage the aquifers we rely on.

    matt harris
    August 29, 2012 8:58 am at 8:58 am

  2. As a recap to this, many spoke about the need to protect our sole source aquifer. A no brainer? Why has it not been done? The NYC DEP has many on staff to protect the reservoirs upstate that provide clean un treated water water to 10,000,000 daily. They knew 100 years ago Lake Ronkonkoma would not last into the 21st century then. You can still see remnants of the original brick pumping stations along Sunrise highway. Ever wonder why it turns into Conduit Blvd. in Brooklyn??
    1) ban pesticides showing up in wells that have already been banned in Europe
    2) Get the Navy to clean up (not just treat) the Grumman plume in Bethpage
    3) get Federal help to install sewers in Suffolk (80% do not, as opposed to only 20% in Nassau)
    4) force the Suffolk Dept of Health to enforce the water quality laws already on the books
    5) educate the public on the importance of limiting fertilizers and other ground contamination that affect our water supply.

    One speaker claims that if it stopped raining today, our aquifer supply would last 55 years, tops. A somber thought, it is NOT a limitless supply….

    matt harris
    August 30, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am

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