LI Water Conference sets Oct. 22 colloquium

Joan Leary Matthews, head of clean water efforts for the EPA’s New York and New Jersey region, will headline the annual Long Island Water Conference symposium, set for Oct. 22 at Bethpage State Park’s Carlyle on the Green facility.

The public is invited. Details on registration are below.

The meeting comes amid growing concern for the Island’s fresh water aquifers, which suffer from rising levels of nitrogen from lawn and farm fertilizers and contamination from flushed medicines and personal care items.

The symposium will bring together environmental experts and advocates, industry representatives and public officials to focus on the quality of Long Island’s drinking water and what can be done to better protect it.  Topics will include treatment strategies, water conservation and sustainability.

“We hope to continue a conversation concerning quality, quantity and sustainable infrastructure management to begin discovering greater solutions for protecting our water supply and planning for the future of our system,” said Michael O’Connell, the Water Conference’s chair.

The program includes a series of presentations and panel discussions on the status of Long Island’s aquifer system, pumpage patterns and their effect, water technology and infrastructure.

The Water Conference includes members from more than 50 public water suppliers who maintain over 1,000 supply wells, 10,800 miles of water mains and nearly 80,000 fire hydrants across the Island, a region more populous than 20 states. More information is available at the group’s website,

Seating for the symposium is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, email your request to: by Oct. 14.