Politicians and environmentalists have long attributed Long Island’s degrading water quality to excessive nitrogen in the groundwater. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has called nitrogen Long Island’s "public enemy number 1," but what makes it so dangerous?
Tourism officials on Long Island say even though Suffolk County will soon be inundated with tourists, that’s no reason to leave. They launched a local tourism campaign on Tuesday called “Stay Suffolk.”
After decades of declining water quality and a septic system that almost overflowed into the Peconic Bay last year, Suffolk County has a new wastewater treatment system that will avoid contamination of bays, harbors and even drinking water.