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Long Island Coastal Resiliency and Clean Water Infrastructure

Report Released

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state will provide $300 million in grants and seek approval for $83 million in financing to Suffolk County for four projects to protect and improve Long Island's water quality and strengthen coastal resiliency against future storms and sea level rise. The projects will implement key recommendations for Suffolk County contained in a new report, Coastal Resiliency and Water Quality in Nassau and Suffolk Counties (PDF, 1.32 MB). The report outlines an action agenda to reduce nitrogen releases. Nitrogen releases damage protective coastal marshlands, create massive algal blooms and impact the quality of drinking water used by 2.8 million Long Island residents.

Public Meetings

In May 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Environmental Facilities Corporation, the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery and Nassau and Suffolk counties hosted a series of meetings to help meet Governor Cuomo's goal to review clean water infrastructure resiliency against future storms, improve water quality and provide additional protections for Long Island's surface and groundwater resources. The meetings involved stakeholders in the development of a plan to improve the management of wastewater in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Coastal Resiliency and Clean Water Infrastructure Meetings
Meeting Date and Time Meeting Topic Meeting Location Presentation Materials
May 12, 2014
Noon - 4 PM
  • Identify problems related to wastewater infrastructure.
  • Explore solutions for reducing high levels of nitrogen in the back-bay area north of Long Beach Island.
  • Explore the connection between lowering nitrogen levels and healthier marshlands, which offer increased resiliency against future coastal storms.
  • Public is welcome to attend to hear the presentations.
Nassau County Legislative Chambers
Nassau County Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Nassau County Meeting Agenda and Presentations (PDF, 5.3 MB)
May 19, 2014
Noon - 4 PM
  • Discuss issues related to wastewater, septic systems and possible future solutions.
  • Public is welcome to attend to hear the presentations.
Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road, Suite 302
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040
Stony Brook University Meeting Agenda and Presentations (PDF, 9.2 MB)
May 28, 2014
Noon - 3 PM
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Identify problems related to wastewater mitigation.
  • Explore solutions for high levels of nitrogen in the Great South Bay and other south shore bays.
  • Public will have the opportunity to make oral comments during the evening session.
Health Sports Education Center Auditorium
Suffolk County Community College
Wicks Road Entrance
Brentwood, NY 11717

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Suffolk County Meeting Agenda and Presentations (PDF, 8.2 MB)

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