Conservation News 

 

Peconic Land Trust & NYS DEC

Preserve Land in Brookhaven to Protect Drinking Water

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While small in size at one acre, its significance cannot be understated.
This property located in the Town of Brookhaven was the first to close under
a new NYS water protection program. 
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In late January, the Peconic Land Trust and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation preserved a one-acre parcel in Ridge as part of a program to protect local drinking water. This is the first to close under this new grant program.
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“Protecting Long Island’s sole source aquifer is among the state’s top priorities, and DEC commends our partners at the Peconic Land Trust for their assistance with the successful completion of this acquisition,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release in late January announcing the acquisition“While small in size, this property will provide significant groundwater benefits when combined with other protected parcels nearby, affording greater protection to Long Island’s drinking water supplies.” 
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Funding for the project comes from a $2.3 million DEC grant. It was awarded to the Trust in December 2017 to implement a Regional Aquifer Protection Land Acquisition Program (RAPLAP). 
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The property was identified by the Town of Brookhaven as a priority for conservation. This was due to its location in the Central Pine Barrens Core, adjacent to other protected Suffolk County and Pine Barrens conservation easement lands, and its proximity to land owned by the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA). 
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The Trust will maintain the property for passive recreational uses such as hiking and bird watching. 
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“The Trust is pleased to work with the DEC and the Town of Brookhaven to protect our important drinking water resources. This is the first of what will be proactive preservation of land that will contribute to the health and well-being of Brookhaven residents,” said John v.H. Halsey, President, Peconic Land Trust. “Our sincere thanks go to the landowner for choosing to sell this land to protect it instead of building on it. We also extend our appreciation to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Senate and Assembly, and the staff of the DEC for making this funding available; and to the Town of Brookhaven and the Peconic Estuary Program for partnering with us. We look forward to announcing additional conservation efforts in Brookhaven later this year.” 
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Additional acquisitions will be announced in the coming weeks in Brookhaven, as well as pursuing prospective parcels in the Towns of Shelter Island, Southold and Riverhead — which are part of the Phase II of RAPLAP. 
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Interested in learning more? Contact Director of Conservation Planning, Melanie Cirillo or Project Assistant Josh Halsey at 631.283.3195.  
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www.peconiclandtrust.org
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