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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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Social media and other media outlets who are covering this story about “allowing” deer hunting in Huntington have the issue wrong according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC ) and the current laws. Many residents from Asharoken and Eaton’s Neck packed Huntington Town Hall at the August board meeting over the concern about […]

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Update: The beach has been reopened for swimming.
Crab Meadow Beach in Northport is closed today (August 31, 2015) to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards. 
According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, bathing in water contaminated with bacteria can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well […]

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by environmental, state, county and town officials Saturday to provide an update on the recent fish kills on the East End and ask the federal government for additional assistance to help the region with its nitrogen pollution crisis after the second major fish kill in the Peconic Estuary, […]

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The third grade students at Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School in Commack have been studying the life cycle of insects. They “raised” Painted Lady butterflies, and as a culminating activity, the students released the butterflies into the school’s butterfly garden.
The garden had undergone an amazing transformation just the day before, thanks to Christopher Longstreet, a Sawmill dad […]

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