Environmental Protection / Parks

How we nurture the health and resilience of our environment will dictate how future generations live and grow in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County has been a leader in environmental protection but more work should be done to protect waterfronts. Throughout the Great South Bay, harmful algal blooms have devastated the marine ecosystem. Algal blooms are a blight to homeowners, fishermen and recreational boaters. And more importantly are dangerous to residents. Through investment in waste water treatment systems, nitrogen outflow could be reduced. In addition, Suffolk County should continue its tough stance on illegal dumping which disproportionately affects minority and poorer communities. The County should study the feasibility of purchasing wetland properties with the goal of providing public space for parks and for the preservation of wetland environments in order to protect homeowners.