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Enough Being Done to Help Northport Harbor? [POLL]

Water quality symposium with government officials to be held at Huntington Town Hall on Thursday.

Northport Harbor's high nitrogen load has made it home to some of the worst red tide blooms in Long Island and the northeastern coast, leading to numerous shellfishing and beach closures in recent years. Are government entities and individuals doing enough to address and prevent the pollutants causing the nitrogen overload?

Northport Village is in the midst of a $9 million sewage treatment plant upgrade to come into compliance with the EPA's 2014 emission standards, which will cut the amount of nitrogen output allowed by 50 percent. Village representatives will discuss progress on the sewage treatment plant upgrades on Thursday at a water quality symposium at Huntington Town Hall at 7 p.m. lead by the Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and the Town of Huntington.

Other presenters will discuss ways to alleviate pollutants flowing into the harbor. Dr. Chris Gobler of the SUNY Stonybrook School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences presents "Water Quality Problems and Solutions in Northport Harbor," Citizens Campaign for the Environment presents "What Actions the Public Can Take to Protect the Harbor," and Save Our Harbors presents "An Update on the Dredging of Centerport Harbor."

The Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee cites stormwater runoff mitigation and upgrades to sewage infrastructure as the top ways to bring nitrogen levels back to normal. Trustee Tom Kehoe proposed a complementary oyster seeding program at the last Board of Trustees meeting, saying that the untouched oysters would help filter pollutants out of the water as well as help the local shellfishing industry. Some residents have also called for further regulation of waterfront businesses to combat pollution in the harbor.

What do you think should be done to help the harbor? Are local, state, and federal governments doing enough? What part does the individual play?

Take our poll and add your comments below.

Alison March 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Give it to baymen seed it after the overhaul of sewage plant let nature filter high levels of nitrogen. Easy. Poeple need to realize we are directly connected to nature. Pollution starts low on food chain will effect us
Gary March 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Ban golf courses and law fertilizers and problem solved!
Concerned Northport Citizen March 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Hey is Centerport beach still closed due to human fecal coliforms? Shame the suffolk county health department took their interactive website down that shows it closed for the past three years due to this issue. Also can the sewage plant and the water department get on the same page and report how much water is leaking out of their pipes. I mean if the water department says x number of galons and the sewage plant only treats y number of galons perhaps something need be done to find the leak.

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