A photo taken during the Calverton Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Jan. 29, 2020. File photo: Denise Civiletti

The second semiannual meeting of the Calverton Restoration Advisory Board will be held virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:15 p.m..

The RAB was established in 1997 to facilitate communication between the community and the Navy regarding the cleanup and restoration of the 2,900-acre site in Calverton owned by the Navy until 1998 and leased to Northrop Grumman (formerly Grumman Aerospace) to manufacture and test military aircraft and equipment, and also conduct firefighting training activities, from the 1950s until 1994. 

All RAB meetings are open to the public and include a presentation of the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program activities at the site, with a public comment/question period towards the end of the meeting. There is currently no agenda posted on the Navy’s website.

RAB members serve as volunteers, provide advice to Navy decision makers and act as a liaison group to the local community. People interested in joining the RAB can complete and send an application to the Navy. More details can be found on the Navy’s website.

The meeting comes on the heels of a press conference last month, where residents of the Manorville area south of the former Navy site, now known as the Calverton Enterprise Park, called on the state to fund public water extension in Manorville. Grant requests from the Suffolk County Water Authority and Riverhead Town to fund the extension went unfunded last month. 

Manorville residents have said their private drinking water wells were polluted with toxic chemicals caused by activity at the former Grumman facility. The Navy has denied responsibility for off-site groundwater pollution, though it has acknowledged on-site groundwater and soil contamination by a variety of toxic substances.

The meeting will be held through the webinar tool Microsoft Teams.

The webinar login information is as follows:

Internet: https://tinyurl.com/CALRAB14DEC

Meeting ID: 273 437 327 246

Event Password: LsbNPV

Telephone: (332) 249-0724

Phone Conference ID: 843 884 733#

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com