Stand Up for Long Island’s Water

Last month, thanks to dedicated citizen advocates, the State Senate delegation received over 1,000 letters and calls in support of the Long Island Water Quality Control Act.  Unfortunately, despite the efforts of Senator Ken LaValle to introduce this important bill, his Senate colleagues did not move the bill to the floor for a vote.


The Assembly easily passed this important bill, which would have reduced nitrogen pollution from sewage entering Long Island’s aquifer, bays, and harbors.


Please send an email to your Senator, and let them know you are disappointed that water quality was not treated as a priority in the last Senate session, but that you will continue to fight for positive changes in the management of our drinking and surface waters and they should too.

Please copy and paste the email below, add your signature, and send it to your NYS Senator (click here to find their email address).

Dear Senator,

I am deeply disappointed that the New York State Senate failed to vote on the Long Island Water Quality Control Act before the end of this year’s Legislative Session. 

We depend on your leadership to address the critical issues that face our region, and it’s increasingly clear that our Long Island Senate delegation simply didn’t get the job done. There will always be someone to blame, or some agency that objects, but when it comes to clean water we need you to lead the charge for every Long Islander and take decisive action to protect and restore water quality across our region. 

Despite my frustration, I remain committed to the cause of clean water, and will continue to work for the vast public good that will be achieved when a water quality action plan is finally approved and implemented by New York State.  

I remain hopeful that you and your colleagues will understand the importance of this issue, and immediately set a course for resolving this matter with the introduction and passage of a comprehensive clean water action bill for Long Island. The longer we wait the more it will cost us all to solve our water quality problems.