Many Long islanders don’t even know that this is a major problem that’s been affecting animal life and drinking water for us here on long island at the moment. Here on long Island there are many bays for example the Peconic Bay, Shinnecock bay, Little Peconic bay, Shelter island sound, Gardiners bay ect. The health of many of theses bays has declined drastically, Because of more houses begin develop it means that there are going to be more septic tanks being built which means that there’s going to be more depositing of more nitrogen in the ground. The nitrogen flows from out of the septic tanks to rivers and into the Great South Bay which has been said to be lead to be a major amount of algae blooms. As said by the governor there has been a huge decreased of the salt marshes that serve as fish habitat and suppressed oxygen levels. One major threat result is that the shellfish industry has all but collapsed and the annual harvest of hard clams will start to decrease because of all the the death of clams because or the overproduction of nitrogen in the bay for example there has been a fallen to more than 90 percent since 1980 which gives us a big reason to start dealing with the problem.
After the legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed in April Suffolk County and also the other local governments there hoping that New York will deal with their absent of sewer lines, drinking water systems and other water infrastructure. There’s a law named the Clean Water Infrastructure Act which was past and brings an amount of $2.5 billion to a variety of projects, which are for the concerns about the safety of drinking water that is growing on long island.
In Suffolk County with an amount of 360,000 septic systems.For many years, nitrogen from leaky septic tanks has leaked into our groundwater and eventually into our rivers and bays. As said from an article from New York times “What we have been doing for decades is just managing the decline of water quality,” said Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County executive. “Every water body is listed as impaired. We have closed rivers, closed beaches, harmful algal blooms.
” As can be seen long islanders have been trying to stop the major productive of nitrogen in bays and because of the new state act that was past which expands for about five years there has been a money expand of $400 million available for consumption rate to communities. The state budget of New York has allowed a $40 million to build two sewer systems in business districts which is the North Shore in Suffolk County. After all this being past there was also a $5 million for Suffolk County and the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University to help and build new methods of removing contaminants from all the drinking water.