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Virtually every home, business, farm and facility generates wastewater. The ways we handle and dispose of that wastewater has a profound effect on the water we drink, our health and the health of the natural environment, especially our waterways.
Over 70% of Suffolk County buildings use individual, onsite systems. Single onsite systems and clustered, community systems are considered "decentralized" wastewater treatment, in contrast to central sewers. Excess nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphates) as well as pollutants from onsite systems can contaminate the groundwater (aquifer), degrading drinking water quality and ultimately sensitive marine environments. As a result, toxic algal blooms impact shellfish, fish, marine habitats, and even human health. There are a number of approaches to manage and reduce the negative impact of wastewater.
This survey is being conducted to gather information about current handling of wastewater and to assess public reaction to various alternative approaches. We will use this data to help determine next steps, with the goal of better protecting the aquifers, creeks, bays and Long Island Sound.
This project is sponsored by the Long Island Sound Study/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, and Suffolk County Fund 477 in cooperation with local associations. The survey will take about five minutes to complete.
The information requested in this survey will not be shared with anyone outside the scope of this project. Also, we expect that you may not know all of the information – this in itself will help us assess issues and needs. For more background information on decentralized wastewater treatment, a four page explanatory summary is viewable at www.peconicgreengrowth.org.
Please submit the survey, even if you do not answer all the questions. At the end of the survey, we do ask for personal contact information. Please include at least a zip code, to help us narrow sites for projects. All information is optional, but greatly appreciated. Contact information will help us select and work with communities wishing to explore solutions to issues, as well as assess public views and general conditions.