Clean Water Action

Water water everywhere! We live on an island. It’s critical to our well being that our water is safe for drinking and swimming. Group for the East End has always been committed to clean water – from the nationally significant Peconic Estuary, to the Atlantic Ocean, to the smallest kettle pond, to the aquifers under our feet.


Our Current Projects

Long Island Clean Water Partnership

Group for the East End is a founding member of the Long Island Clean Water Partnership. This partnership was formed in response to increasing pollution of Long Island’s water, which threatens our health and quality of life. Scientists and engineers have identified causes of this water pollution and found proven solutions to fix these problems.

Working with leading conservation organizations across Long Island, we will change the status quo, elevate awareness, and implement strategic water quality protection actions that will reverse the decline of Long Island’s water quality.

Our focus is on transforming the way we manage our sewage (a major source of water pollution on the East End), improving clean-up of hazardous waste, eliminating pesticides and fertilizers from our drinking water, strengthening disposal requirements for pharmaceuticals and household hazardous materials, protecting undeveloped land, and creating a management entity with the sole purpose of improving Long Island’s water quality.

With a shared vision and united mission, the Partnership is focused on an island-wide campaign for change, in order to protect and restore clean water for current needs and future generations. In order to succeed we need your help as well. Please JOIN THE PARTNERSHIP today!

For more information on this issue, see our LI Water Summary please contact:

Bob DeLuca, President
631-765-6450, ext. 213
e-mail bdeluca@eastendenvironment.org

North Fork Water Action

In light of the growing need for public awareness about the state of our regional water quality, the Group is developing a cohesive agenda and action plan for educating the public about the status of our local waters and advocating for increased water quality protection and investment.

Working with a number of interested organizations, we have created a new coalition known as North Fork Clean Water Action (NFCWA), which includes: North Fork Audubon Society, North Fork Environmental Council, Group for the East End, Group to Save Goldsmith Inlet, Peconic Baykeeper, and Peconic Green Growth. NFCWA has held three public information meetings across the North Fork (from Riverhead to Greenport) and has made joint statements before the region’s elected officials.

As a long-term goal, NFCWA will eventually join a wider Clean Water Action group that includes many additional organizations from the South Fork, Mid-Island, Nassau County, and Stony Brook University. The fusion of all these groups around a common “Case Statement” and legislative agenda is the next major step in our regional effort to secure an enforceable Clean Water Plan for Long Island and the East End. For more information about this issue, please contact:

Bob DeLuca, President
631-765-6450, ext. 213
email bdeluca@eastendenvironment.org

Peconic Estuary Program Citizen Education and Action Campaign

Have you ever heard of the Peconic Estuary? It is the body of water between the North and South Forks of eastern Long Island and an important breeding ground for many local fish and shellfish. As a key partner of the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP), Group for the East End coordinates public outreach initiatives focused on expanding the level of support for restoring this important body of water. For more information about the PEP, visit www.peconicestuary.org, check out our PEP page, or contact:

Jennifer Skilbred, Environmental Advocate and PEP Outreach & Education Coordinator
631-537-1400, ext. 212
email  jskilbred@eastendenvironment.org.

Toxic Site Disclosure Campaign

The increased presence of  toxic contamination in local soils and groundwater has become a significant environmental and public health issue in our region. Toxic plumes have been documented in residential areas of Speonk, Quogue and Calverton. In the case of Speonk, there was no public notice required, despite the fact that contaminants were being found under existing and proposed residential developments. After finding that there is no legal requirement for public notice during the investigative phases of remediation (which can take decades to complete), the Group pressed for enhanced public notification. Bills were introduced in both houses of the NYS Legislature in 2011 and 2013 but failed to gain approval. However in 2013, after years of pressure, NYS DEC added the ~2000 toxic sites to their public database that they were aware of, but had not previously made publicly available. For more information on this issue, please visit: Environmental Site Remediation Database or contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org

Spring Pond Restoration

Group for the East End and the Gardiners Bay Estates Homeowners’ Association has engaged in a joint effort to help restore the health of Spring Pond in East Marion. Over the last two years, the Group has helped this community secure $30,000 in financial support to develop and implement a stormwater management plan for the surrounding community of approximately 100 homes. Recently, funds were allocated to begin the construction phase of the stormwater management plan. We will continue to increase awareness about water quality issues and specifically improve the deteriorating water quality that has recently led to shellfish closures in Spring Pond, a significant embayment that feeds into the Peconic Estuary. For more information, please visit www.springpondrestoration.com or contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org

East End Medication Disposal Program

For decades people were told to flush their unwanted medicines down the toilet. Unfortunately, we now know that when flushed down the toilet, prescription and over the counter medications can contaminate the environment including drinking water, harbors, and bays. Group for the East End with support from Suffolk County has worked with the East End Town and Village police departments to setup a collection program to properly dispose of medications and help protect our local water quality.  Proper disposal of medications can also help prevent drug misuse, abuse, and harm to children, pets, and others.  Participating local police departments provide safe, secure drop-off receptacles for disposal of prescription and over the counter medications. For more information on this issue, visit EAST END MEDICATION DISPOSAL or contact:

Jenn Hartnagel, Environmental Advocate
631-765-6450, ext. 211
e-mail jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org