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Riverhead’s upgraded sewer plant ‘a model for our nation,’ as it recovers up to a half-million gallons a day for irrigation

by Sep 24, 2016
Riverhead’s sewage treatment plant upgrade and the innovative wastewater reuse partnership with the county golf course garnered accolades yesterday from a high-ranking federal Environmental...

Scientists looking into unusual plant growth covering surface of Peconic River

by Aug 12, 2016
Researchers believe the plant may be the prolific water fern Azolla, known as "mosquito fern," which grows rapidly in nutrient-rich water, forming a thick mat on the surface. As it dies off and decomposes, it produces high amounts of nitrogen, depriving marine life of oxygen.

Suffolk Closeup Limiting nitrogen at the source: county looks to regulate lawn fertilizer content

by Apr 30, 2016
A bill that would limit nitrogen content in lawn and garden fertilizer is being drafted by County Legislator Bill Lindsay.

Nearly a month early, bunker appearing in large numbers in Peconic River

by Apr 4, 2016
Almost a year after the major fish kills in the Peconic Estuary last summer, bunker fish are being seen in large numbers in the river almost a month earlier than usual this spring.
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It’s time for tough discharge standards, not widespread sewering, to combat L.I. nitrogen pollution crisis

by Mar 5, 2016
To combat nitrogen pollution, Long Island needs tough regulations that establish strict wastewater discharge standards in conjunction with controls on development.

Last summer’s massive fish kill was caused by algal blooms, too much nitrogen, study confirms

by Feb 5, 2016
About 300,000 bunker died of "mass asphyxiation" caused by nitrogen-fueled algal blooms in the Peconic River last summer, the study said.

Riverhead seeks grant funding for South Jamesport sewer feasibility study

by Jul 23, 2015
Riverhead officials are moving forward on the idea of sewering the South Jamesport area, first proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter last month following the...

County executive calls on federal government for aid to help fix what ails Peconic Estuary: excess nitrogen

by Jun 20, 2015
County Executive Steve Bellone called a press conference on the shore of the Peconic River in Riverhead to say the health of the Peconic Estuary needs federal aid in order to be restored.