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LINAP Partners & Initiatives

This page includes information and links, where available, about LINAP partners and their major LINAP initiatives. All links leave DEC's website.

Suffolk and Nassau Counties

Suffolk County

  • Comprehensive Waste Resources Management Plan
    The Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan analyzes groundwater and surface water quality trends and recommends measures to manage and protect these critical resources.
  • Subwatershed Planning
    This initiative is modeling parcel-specific nitrogen loads from wastewater, fertilizer, stormwater, and atmospheric deposition to the groundwater and receiving waters of 189 subwatersheds. The effort will develop nitrogen load reduction goals and will draft mitigation measures.
  • Innovative/Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (I/A OWTS)
    The I/A OWTS program is piloting innovative and alternative technologies that can be -approved for onsite wastewater treatment.
  • Article 19 of the Suffolk County Sanitary Code
    Article 19 establishes a framework for the Department of Health Services to act as the Management Entity with the legal authority and technical capacity to ensure the long-term operation, maintenance and management of all I/A OWTS through monitoring, sampling, database tracking, and enforcement over service providers.
  • Revisions to Sanitary Code Article 5 and Article 6
    Revisions are being proposed to Articles 5 and 6 of the Sanitary Code to reduce nitrogen loading to groundwater from onsite wastewater systems.
  • Septic Improvement Program
    The Septic Improvement Program will provide grants and loans to homeowners to replace non-performing septic systems or cesspools with an I/A OWTS designed to significantly reduce nitrogen pollution.
  • Fertilizer Law and Outreach
    Applying lawn fertilizer in Suffolk County from November 1 to April 1 is prohibited. More information, including other provisions of the law and lawn care best management practices, are available on the County's Healthy Lawns, Clean Water website.
  • Septic Hauler Information Portal (SHIP)
    SHIP is a web portal that allows the liquid waste industry to report installations and pump outs of septic systems.
  • Countywide Water Quality Improvement District Study
    Suffolk County will be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the evaluation of technical and financial implications of a Countywide Water Quality Improvement District in Suffolk County.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan
    The Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Environmental Quality developed the Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy developed to guide the work of government, scientists, and academia to address harmful algae blooms that threaten both Suffolk County's environment and economy.
  • Coastal Resiliency Initiative
    Planning and design for sewering in the Carlls, Connetquot, Forge and Patchogue River watersheds is underway.

For more information about Suffolk County's Initiatives visit Suffolk County's Reclaim Our Water website.

Nassau County

  • Subwatershed Planning
    Nitrogen load and hydrodynamic modeling is underway to estimate the nitrogen loading from wastewater, fertilizer and atmospheric deposition to surface and ground waters and to develop strategies to reduce those loads.
  • Stormwater Model
    A stormwater model is being developed to estimate and prioritize stormwater nitrogen loads generated in each of the County's subwatersheds.
  • Reconstruction of the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)
    A major reconstruction and resiliency upgrade is underway at the Bay Park WWTP which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Nitrogen Removal Initiative for Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant
    A nitrogen removal initiative for the Bay Park WWTP is underway aimed at reducing nitrogen output to the Western Bays.
  • Diverting Bay Park WWTP Effluent to the Ocean
    An engineering feasibility study is in progress to evaluate diversion of Bay Park WWTP effluent to the Cedar Creek WWTP ocean outfall through an unused pipe beneath Sunrise Highway.
  • Point Lookout Sewering Study
    Nassau County was awarded funds to design and construct sewer infrastructure for Point Lookout to connect to the existing Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Long Beach.
  • Septic Incentive Grant and Loan Program
    The Septic Incentive Grant and Loan Program will provide grants and loans to homeowners to replace non-performing septic systems or cesspools with an I/A OWTS designed to significantly reduce nitrogen pollution.
  • Long Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant
    The City of Long Beach entered into a Consent Order with NYSDEC committing to the planning, design, construction, and operation of a project to divert wastewater from the Long Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to the Bay Park WWTP for treatment and discharge. The Long Beach WWTP would be converted to a pump station to enable this change.

For more information about Nassau County's Initiatives visit Nassau County's Department of Public Works or Health Department websites.

Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC)

  • Nassau County Water Quality Monitoring Program
    The LIRPC will launch a program to collect, analyze and report on water quality data from Nassau County's south shore surface waters. The project goals are to expand water quality monitoring and provide uniform analysis and reporting.
  • Long Island STEM Program
    The LIRPC created the Long Island Water Quality Challenge to connect students, teachers and their communities to the overall LINAP initiative. This competition - geared to grades 6, 7, and 8 in schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties - is being conducted to promote project-based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Long Island Water Quality Challenge is a great opportunity for schools to do their part to protect local water resources while improving school grounds.
  • Nitrogen Smart Communities
    The LIRPC is developing a program where a city, town, village or county in New York can become a Registered Nitrogen Smart Community. The municipality's governing body must adopt a resolution that includes all elements of the Nitrogen Smart Community criteria.
  • Nutrient Bioextraction Initiative
    The goal of the Nutrient Bioextraction Initiative is to improve water quality in NY and CT marine waters by removing excess nitrogen through the cultivation and harvest of seaweed and shellfish. The Initiative will provide information to help decision makers with the guidelines needed to facilitate seaweed and shellfish farming and harvest operations in their coastal waters.
  • Data Collaboration Project
    Development of a data management portal that will allow multiple entities to store groundwater and surface water monitoring data in one comprehensive, multi-functional data repository.

For more information about LIRPC please visit their website.

Estuary Programs

Peconic Estuary Program

  • Comprehensive Resource Management Plan
    The CRMP, currently in the process of being updated, addresses brown tide, nutrients, habitat and living resources, pathogens, toxic pollutants, and critical land protection with a goal of protecting and improving the resources of the estuary and its watershed.
  • Homeowners Rewards Program
    A rewards program for homeowners who use landscaping that benefits the environment.

Long Island Sound Study

  • Enhanced Nitrogen Reduction Strategy
    The initiative will help reduce nitrogen and improve water quality throughout the Long Island Sound, its embayments, and near shore coastal waters.

South Shore Estuary Reserve

  • Comprehensive Management Plan
    The Plan details actions to improve and maintain water quality, protect and restore living resources, expand public use, sustain and expand the estuary economy, and increase education, outreach, and stewardship.
  • Coordinated Water Resources Monitoring Strategy
    This document describes monitoring needed to help guide future efforts to improve water quality in the South Shore Estuary Reserve.
  • Eastern Bays Project: Sources and Management Options
    The report estimates the amount of nitrogen entering the Eastern Bays of the South Shore Estuary Reserve from non-point sources of nitrogen and describes mitigation measures.

Other Partners

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Aquifer Sustainability Study
    The USGS is developing a groundwater model for Long Island's principal aquifer systems that addresses long-term sustainability in terms of inputs and outputs. It will recommend protective measures to avoid aquifer depletion and saltwater intrusion.
  • Solute Transport Model
    The USGS in cooperation with the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP), will study: the definition of nitrogen sources within the watershed over time, the development of numerical models and methods capable of simulating nitrogen transport from those sources to wells and ecological receptors, and the application of those methods to estimate time-varying nitrogen loads resulting from wastewater management actions and evaluate nitrogen attenuation.

Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT)

The CCWT is developing and commercializing cost-effective water quality protection and restoration solutions. Its initial focus is delivering affordable, high performance technology to efficiently remove nitrogen and other contaminants from household wastewater to replace or retrofit existing cesspools and septic systems.

  • Nitrogen Removing Biofilters
    CCWT is researching passive, non-proprietary systems that can achieve up to 90 percent nitrogen removal along with efficient removal of contaminants of emerging concern.
  • Constructed Wetlands
    The CCWT is evaluating a constructed wetland system on Shelter Island in collaboration with Suffolk County. The Center has also installed pilot-scale experimental wetlands at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center to answer specific research questions important for constructed wetland design.
  • Permeable Reactive Barriers
    The Center continues to evaluate the potential of small-scale Permeable Reactive Barrier (PRB) installations for nitrogen removal.
  • Membrane Bioreactors
    The CCWT is currently developing new approaches to synthesize wastewater treatment membranes out of nanocellulose for use in membrane bioreactors.

Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection (LICAP)

LICAP is a bi-county entity formed to address both quality and quantity issues facing Long Island's aquifer system, and to advocate for a coordinated, regional approach to groundwater resources management.

  • Groundwater Resources Management Plan
    LICAP is drafting a plan that will include qualitative and quantitative groundwater data, anthropogenic threats to groundwater quality and quantity, and an assessment of the adequacy of existing groundwater management regulations.
  • Water Traq
    LICAP developed this online tool that tracks potential threats to the public drinking water supply.

Seatuck Environmental Association

Seatuck continues to refine and validate its Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) hydrodynamic model of the Great South Bay and the Western Bays. Through a partnership with NYSDEC, a Quality Assurance Project Plan is being developed for the model.