New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul recently visited Stony Brook University for a briefing by researchers from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) about the serious problem of nitrogen pollution in Long Island’s groundwater and surface water. The problem has resulted in faster growth of harmful algae resulting in a loss of wetlands and seagrass – a critical habitat for fish and shellfish. Funding was added in this year’s state budget for a Long Island nitrogen management and mitigation plan.
Lt. Governor Hochul was also updated on the Center for Clean Water Technology. A collaboration of Stony Brook University, Suffolk County and the Town of Southampton, the Center is working to develop and commercialize the next generation of nitrogen removal technology for septic systems. This type of research and development will not only help eastern Long Island where most homes are not hooked up to sewers, it advances the mission of START-UP NY attracting new business and job creation to Long Island.