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Posted on: March 30, 2018

Legislator Flotteron Supports Restoring Oxygen Levels Needed to Sustain Sea-life in Great South Bay

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Legislator Steven J. Flotteron (far right), along with (L-R): Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Islip Town Councilman James P. O’Connor and Conservation Project Director for Public Lands at The Nature Conservancy Kevin McDonald joined representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this week to hear the results of a two-year study of the Great South Bay’s oxygen levels and offer support for efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution.  New evidence of seasonally low oxygen levels helps to explain previous observations of areas in the bay that are largely devoid of bottom dwelling sea-life, including hard clams and other shellfish. Already linked to harmful algae blooms and loss of eel grass, low dissolved oxygen is yet another negative impact of nitrogen pollution, which, in Great South Bay, is largely originating from cesspools and septic systems.  

The event was organized by The Nature Conservancy, which funded the work with the help of Long Island Community Foundation and the Knapp-Swezey Foundation; co-sponsors included Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Seatuck Environmental Association, Save the Great South Bay, the Peconic Baykeeper, the South Shore Estuary Reserve Citizens Advisory Committee, and Suffolk County Department of Health Services.  



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