Low Nitrogen Sanitary System Plan Earns Support


The East Hampton Environmental Coalition (EHEC), a group of over 20 environmental organizations in the Town of East Hampton, have banded together to collectively support the Town of East Hampton’s proposal which not only would provide a rebate program for the installation of low-nitrogen septic systems, but also mandate the installation of such low-nitrogen septic systems for all new construction and substantial expansions.

“The Town of East Hampton has acknowledged the scientifically proven link between our declining ground and surface water quality, and our antiquated, failing cesspools and septic systems. Harmful algal blooms, closed shellfishing areas and beaches, and polluted drinking water can no longer remain the norm,” said the Coalition in a press release issued Tuesday. “Last November, East Hampton voters overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the Community Preservation Fund to support clean water initiatives. The town has since delivered and is now on the cusp of providing a substantial public investment in critical water quality infrastructure. Together, the entire East Hampton community has stepped up to reclaim our waters, our health, and our economy.”

The East Hampton Environmental Coalition was formed in 2011 in an effort to enhance communication and collaboration among environmental groups in the Town of East Hampton. Members include Third House Nature Center, Quiet Skies Coalition, Friends of Georgica Pond, Group for the East End, Surfrider’s Long Island Chapter, Coastal America Foundation, Long Island Businesses for Responsible Energy, Inc., Dark Skies, New York League of Conservation Voters, Accabonac Protection Committee, Garden Club of East Hampton, Citizens Climate Lobby, Northwest Alliance, Defend H2O, Ditch Plains Association, The Peconic Baykeeper, South Fork Natural History Museum, Renewable Energy Long Island, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Long Island Marine Purification Initiative, and Long Island Environmental Community.

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