03/19/15 12:00pm
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Children fish from a beach along Peconic Bay in Southold, near the Living Waters neighborhood. (Caption: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

On April 2, East Enders will celebrate an important milestone: The Community Preservation Fund will have generated over $1 billion and preserved more than 10,000 acres of open space and farmland. Approved by voters in 1999, the CPF uses a small tax on real estate purchases to preserve land and protect drinking water.

It is arguably the most successful land preservation program in the country. (more…)

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A view of West Creek in New Suffolk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A view of West Creek in New Suffolk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

County legislators voted overwhelmingly last week to let Suffolk voters decide the fate of a plan that would eventually replenish the Drinking Water Protection Program, which has so far been tapped twice for money to balance the county budget. If approved by voters, the plan would also allow the county to continue dipping into that program for several more years.  (more…)