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Parks Department Works to Maintain Beach Access While Adhering to Federal Guidelines to Protect the Piping Plovers
  
“Plover season has arrived”, announced the Suffolk County Parks Department, and  with that inevitably comes the unfortunate obligation to close access to some outer beach areas within the Parks as required by the federal government.
The piping plovers are small, […]

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently announced that soil scientist and wastewater management expert Justin Jobin has joined Suffolk County’s water quality team of engineers, scientists and public health professionals working to address the region’s nitrogen pollution crisis.

“I am both proud and grateful to add Justin’s unique expertise in identifying and managing innovative wastewater solutions […]

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Members of the Commack Middle School Nature Explorers and Earth Protectors Club put their eco-enthusiasm to work, sponsoring a school-wide plastic bag collection. They collected (and counted) 1,873 plastic bags, which will now be recycled, and not wind up in a landfill or as litter.
 
Club members are passionate about preserving our environment and want to […]

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Peconic River Recreation Advisory

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On December 15, 2015, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued an advisory to residents to take precautions before recreating on the tidal portion of the Peconic River (east of Grangebel Park) due to the possible residual effects of inadequately treated wastewater discharged from the Riverhead sewage treatment plant.
The treatment plant is currently being […]

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As an outgrowth of County Executive Steve Bellone’s Reclaim Our Waters Initiative, the Suffolk County Health Department has undertaken a review of existing sewage treatment plant (STP) siting and enforcement practices to identify opportunities to further strengthen its regulatory programs.
“As part of a comprehensive approach to improve water quality, it makes sense to review our […]

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Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken announced today that two mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito samples, Aedes japonicus and Aedes vexans, were collected on September 30 from Bay Shore (1) and October 6 from Greenlawn (1). This year, 200 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus. […]

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Everybody is talking about water quality lately and that is a good thing. Following Super Storm Sandy, Governor Cuomo established the LI Resiliency and Clean Water Infrastructure Task Force, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a follow-up report entitled Coastal Resiliency and Water Quality in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Suffolk […]

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County Issues Advisory against Bathing at 64 Beaches
Wading River Beach remains closed
Due to the heavy rainfall, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued an advisory against bathing at 64 beaches. The advisory is based on the potential for the presence of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards.
The beaches covered by […]

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The Miracle of Sewers

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EVERYONE is talking about sewers today. Elected officials, environmental advocacy groups, industry experts are all on the sewer bandwagon. Sewers, we are told, will protect and restore ground and surface water quality, lower taxes, prevent and reduce sprawl, reduce traffic and stem the exodus of young people from the region. Unfortunately, like most public policy […]

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By Dan Gulizio
Clean Water. Drinkable, swimmable, fishable water. It is a simple concept, universally agreed upon. Yet, by all accounts, ground and surface water quality have declined dramatically in recent years.
According to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, nitrogen (a leading contaminant of both ground and surface water) has increased by as much as […]

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