clean water

With Albany’s help, all’s well in Ocean Beach

The Village of Ocean Beach will get a backup freshwater supply, thanks to a $3.7 million boost from Albany. The package – which includes a $1.9 million zero-interest loan and a $1.2 million low-interest loan – will help fund a new water-supply well to serve as a “redundant water source” for the village, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Ocean Beach’s stipend was part of $62 million in grants and low-cost financing approved Thursday by…


Cuomo inks $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure act

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany dove into water pollution once again Wednesday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo visiting Farmingdale State College to lay out a $2.5 billion plan to remediate and protect New York’s drinking water supply. To raucous applause, Cuomo officially signed the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act, enacting what he called a “comprehensive, multifaceted action plan.” In what has become a semi-regular occurrence, the governor elaborated on aggressive plans to clean up, and keep…


Testing, testing everywhere, to keep it safe to drink

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany is diving deeper into Long Island’s groundwater plumes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to expedite containment of groundwater plumes in Nassau County, starting with an “immediate engineering investigation,” according to the governor’s office. The plumes were created through years of industrial solvents leaking into the groundwater at a Bethpage site once jointly occupied by the U.S. Navy and defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The…


Island wastewater work snags state support

More than $8 million in New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. grants and low-interest loans is flowing to two Long Island wastewater projects. The funds – made available through a combination of grant awards and zero- and low-interest loans provided by the EFC – are part of $40 million in wastewater support announced Thursday by the Facilities Corp.’s Board of Directors. The Town of North Hempstead received a package totaling $1.9 million – including a…


Cuomo: State effort to isolate the Grumman Plume

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $6 million state study will go deeper than ever into Long Island’s drinking water supply. Speaking Thursday at Stony Brook University, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a number of state-funded environmental initiatives targeting regional drinking water. Among them: $2 million to kick-start a new Center for Clean Water Technology at SBU, and “the best, most extensive study ever done” on the Island’s potable supply, Cuomo said. The proposed study would involve…


Babylon, Hempstead land clean water funds

A $1.8 million award for the Town of Babylon and a $450,000 stipend for the Town of North Hempstead were among the $75 million in state grants for water-infrastructure improvements announced Tuesday. The funds come from the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015, which provides $200 million in grants to be disbursed through three annual state budgets, starting with the fiscal year 2015-16 budget. The fund is administered by the state’s Environmental…


Suffolk in line for $388M sewer project

Consider it a silver lining to some of Long Island’s darkest clouds. In what’s being proffered as a response to the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, $388 million in state and federal funds will flow into Suffolk County to expand sanitary service to over 8,000 parcels of land currently utilizing on-site septic systems. The coastal resiliency initiative, approved by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is a major victory for lawmakers and activists who have…