Long Island Coastal Resiliency and Clean Water Infrastructure
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.
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.
|Meeting Date and Time||Meeting Topic||Meeting Location||Presentation Materials|
|May 12, 2014
Noon - 4 PM
||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
||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
Health Sports Education Center Auditorium
Directions to center:
|Suffolk County Meeting Agenda and Presentations (PDF, 8.2 MB)|
- Governor Cuomo issued a press release to announce an initiative to improve water quality and resiliency on Long Island. The full press release can be viewed on the Governor's website (see "Governor Cuomo Launches Initiative to Improve Water Quality and Resiliency on Long Island" link in the "Links Leaving DEC's Website" section of the right hand column)
- Nitrogen Pollution and Adverse Impacts on Resilient Tidal Marshlands (PDF, 246 KB)-- DEC highlighted the loss of tidal wetlands as a result of nitrogen pollution in a technical briefing.
- Letter from DEC Commissioner Joe Martens to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding repairs and improvements to the Bay Park wastewater treatment plant (PDF, 891 KB) and how these will reduce nitrogen discharges into Hempstead Bay, Long Island.