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FLUSHING WATER WOES
By STEVE BELLONE
Suffolk County Executive
When Superstorm Sandy hit six
years ago, parts of Long Island were
completely devastated. And although
government agencies, businesses,
and countless volunteers jumped in
to aid in the recovery, South Shore
communities still feel the effects.
While living in coastal communities
will always involve some level of risk,
it is up to us to address the new reality
of extreme weather. As Suffolk County
Executive, it is my responsibility to do
so in a way that mitigates the financial
burden and protects the taxpayer.
In a rare perfect storm, Suffolk has
an historic opportunity to take on a
fully funded project that can help
protect the coastal communities from
the impacts of storm flooding. The
answer boils down to a simple fact:
We must reduce the flow of nitrogen
pollution into our water bodies.
There are more than 360,000 cesspools
and septic systems in Suffolk
that do not adequately treat for nitrogen.
Excess nitrogen from cesspools
and septic systems degrades our
wetlands, which help to protect Long
Island from storm surges like the one
we experienced during Sandy.
How can we start to reverse the
tide? By installing active wastewater
treatment to reduce excess nitrogen
from entering our environment.
That means connecting communities
to sewers where possible, and using
Innovative and Alternative Onsite
Wastewater Treatment Systems
where sewering is not an option.
The need to connect homes to sewers
has been apparent for more than 40
years. Never in history, however, have
we had the chance that we do right now
to use $390 million in state and federal
grants to connect nearly 7,000 homes
to sewers, eliminating thousands of
polluting cesspools and septic systems
at almost no cost to homeowners.
The Suffolk County Coastal Resiliency
Initiative would provide new
sewer infrastructure along four
South Shore river corridors — the
Carlls River, Connetquot River, Patchogue
River, and the Forge River.
On January 22, 2019, voters in each
of these project areas will get the opportunity
to approve these historic
projects, and their support is necessary
for the initiative to advance.
The improvements to water quality
that would result will have multiple
benefits, making our waters safer
for wildlife; increasing recreational
activity on our bays; and boosting the
region’s tourist economy, which accounts
for more $5 billion annually.
It is safe to say that there will never
be another opportunity like this in
our lifetime. By taking advantage
of post-Sandy grants that will be
lost forever if these projects do not
move forward, this project will help
to fulfill a promise to future generations
that we are doing our best to
preserve this island.
POINT OF VIEW
"We must reduce the flow of nitrogen pollution."
for Cyril Bernard Marsden
Cyril B. Marsden, born March 21, 1926 in Wallasey, England passed
away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in Milwaukie Oregon. He was 92.
He joins his late wife, Ethel Marsden with whom he had four
children: Beverly Berkenfeld, Andrea Levy, Malcolm Marsden, and
Laura Roeder. His legacy includes nine grandchildren, thirteen
great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, who all
adored him. For the last three decades he has been in a signicant
relationship, residing with Anne Kuntze.
He immigrated in 1947 from Liverpool, England to Toronto, Canada
where he became a naturalized citizen. In 1959 he moved his
family to the United States, where he became an American citizen.
Cy was a gifted musician, storyteller, seaman in the British Royal
Navy during WWII, diesel train engine mechanic, furniture plant
manager, ultimately transitioning to a successful business owner
and investor. He retired from Long Island to Oregon at the age of 80.
The family asks that in lieu of owers, donations be made to the
American Diabetes Association.
Services were held on Sunday December 2, 2018 at Louis
Suburban Chapel, 13-01 Broadway (Route 4 West), Fair Lawn, NJ.
Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery, 12 Market Street, Saddle
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