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Suffolk Water Quality Initiative

Suffolk Water Quality Initiative

Hauppauge - (WALK) Suffolk is taking a big step toward improving the quality of ground and surface water throughout the county by taking on clean public water enemy #1: nitrogen pollution.

County Executive Steve Bellone released a summary of the Suffolk's comprehensive water resources plan Thursday, the first update to the document since 1987, according to officials.

Researchers conclude nitrogen is the top threat to healthy ground and surface waters throughout Suffolk and threatens the vitality of vegetation in our tidal marshes and wetlands, leaving our region more vulnerable to erosion and flooding.

Bellone was accompanied by environmentalists Thursday, as he outlined several potential tactics for attacking nitrogen pollution, such as improving septic systems and investigating new ways of treating wastewater.

Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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