SUFFOLK COUNTY SEASONAL BAN ON APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER IS IN EFFECT
As of November 1st, the seasonal ban on the application of fertilizers in Suffolk County has gone into effect. The restrictions helps reduce the amount of nitrogen loading into groundwater. The ban is in effect until April 1st, 2017.
GROUNDWATER QUALITY IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE IN WESTHAMPTON
On September 12, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has declared the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport a Class 2 Superfund Site. With this designation, NYSDEC has identified the U.S. Department of Defense, which oversees the site’s operations, as the potentially responsible party for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) contamination detected in nearby groundwater supplies.
In a letter to the airport director, NYSDEC leadership stated that it had directed the U.S. Department of Defense to finance connection to public water any homes with private wells that have been or may be impacted by contamination.
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GRIEF COUNSELING OFFERED BY
THE LGBT NETWORK
The LGBT Network will have grief counselors available at its Community Centers in Woodbury, Bay Shore and Sag Harbor. If you need to talk please call 631-665-2300 or 516-323-0011.
PINE BARRENS PROTECTION HOTLINE
The Pine Barrens are one of our State’s great biological treasures, home to many endangered, threatened, and special concern species. Additionally, the Pine Barrens overlies one of the greatest sources of pure groundwater in New York State. Please help protect this important natural resource by reporting any illegal activity, which may include (but is not limited to) use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), dumping, and tree cutting/removal. The hotline operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All calls will remain confidential.