Water quality community forum to be held tonight in Mattituck

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The North Fork Clean Water Action is sponsoring a community forum tonight in Mattituck.

A newly formed coalition called the North Fork Clean Water Action is sponsoring a community forum tonight in Mattituck to discuss water quality issues.

The NFCWA is comprised of members from Group for the East End, North Fork Environmental Council, North Fork Audubon Society, Peconic Green Growth and Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister.

The coalition said it hopes to raise awareness about the decline in water quality caused by excessive nitrogen found in ground and surface waters.

“Management of our sewage waste is a huge ecological, human health and financial issue, one that planners, politicians, engineers and environmentalists on Long Island have grappled with – awkwardly and unsuccessfully – for five decades,” Mr. McAllister said in a press release. “Raw sewage from the thousands of residential cesspools is directly responsible for the vast number of polluted water bodies. We must act decisively and without further delay to overhaul outdated sewage regulations to ensure that our local bays remain the healthy centerpiece of life on the East End.”

Tonight’s meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mattituck-Laurel Library. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport and on Aug. 29 at the Riverhead Free Library.

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