Representatives of environmental groups, community groups and local government officials across eastern Suffolk County turned out for a two-hour, wide-ranging conversation with state legislators Thursday morning in Riverhead.
Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine on Monday announced county lawmakers' agreement to increase county sales tax by 1/8-cent to fund sewage treatment facilities and advanced septic systems.
If approved by the state, the funding would provide partial grant incentives for the replacement of about 5,000 cesspools with advanced wastewater treatment systems across the county.
The drinking water protection funds would provide, among other things, money for advanced wastewater treatment systems to address nitrogen loading on Long Island.
County Legislator Al Krupski brings to the table a lifetime of experience in farming, shoreline regulation and land use.
Karl Grossman looks at Suffolk's slow attempt to move from standard septic systems to the advanced variety.