Environment

With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…

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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…


In water-quality protection, every drop counts

New York State officials aren’t the only ones with water quality on their mind. Even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo throws billions toward clean-water initiatives and related infrastructure improvements, a privately owned water utility servicing roughly 325,000 Nassau County customers is championing the cause on a slightly smaller scale, offering $10,000 in grants for “innovative, community-based environmental projects” targeting local watersheds and groundwater supplies. The competitive awards come through the Environmental Grant Program, an annual effort…


With new sinks and showers, SBU goes low-flow

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an earth-friendly effort of Seinfeldian proportions, Stony Brook University has gone low-flow. The university, in partnership with National Grid, has installed new aerators, shower heads and spray valves in several campus buildings, all designed to curtail water usage by 50 percent or more. But unlike the classic “Seinfeld” episode in which low-flow showers create a host of hairy conundrums for Jerry and the gang, the SBU upgrades are being hailed…