Highlights and Happenings: October 2017

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Celebrating with Governor Cuomo.

Victory! Protecting the Western Bays

After 18 years of advocacy by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation Splash, Sludge Stoppers, The Nature Conservancy, and the public, the funding is finally secured for a fix for the Bay Park STP! Governor Cuomo has announced a $354 million resiliency project that will connect the South Shore Water Reclamation Facility (formerly Bay Park STP) to the existing Cedar Creek outfall pipe. A huge thanks to everyone who came to meetings and spoke up on the importance of protecting the Western Bays, and kudos to our county, state, and federal leaders who fought for funding for this crucial project. We look forward to seeing restored water quality and fisheries in our bays soon!

Gearing Up for Election Day

In October, CCE participated in educational candidate forums for Nassau County Executive and Huntington Town Supervisor, which were hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. From clean water to renewable energy, local representatives can play a key role in addressing New York's most pressing environmental challenges. Don't forget to vote November 7, and don't forget to flip over your ballot! There are two propositions on the back of the ballot with major implications for the environment and public health in New York.

We stand against Proposition 1, which allows voters to choose whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. Holding a constitutional convention is unnecessary, costly, and puts critical environmental protections—like the Forever Wild clause that protects the Adirondacks and Catskills—at risk.
We strongly support Proposition 3, which creates a small land bank for Catskill and Adirondack communities. The land bank will allow our communities to make needed health and safety improvements, like fixing unsafe roads, improving drinking water quality, and creating bike paths.

Fighting for Clean Energy in Connecticut

Connecticut stands at an energy crossroads, but unfortunately, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has developed a Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that perpetuates our reliance on fossil fuels and fails to meet CT's renewable energy potential. CCE launched our campaign to push for lawmakers in Hartford to change Connecticut's energy path and adopt policies that support a clean energy future. If you haven't yet, contact your legislators today and tell them to support renewable energy development in Connecticut, not more pipelines and fossil fuel infrastructure!
Meeting on take-back expansion.

Don't Flush Your Drugs

One of the most successful safe pharmaceutical take-back programs in the country is King Kullen's program, which has collected and disposed of over 7,000 pounds of drugs since 2015! To help promote this great program and encourage the public to safely dispose of unused meds at King Kullen pharmacies, CCE will be running a series of advertisements in Long Island movie theaters starting in November. There is clearly a public need for take-back options, and we are working hard to expand Don't Flush Your Drugs programs and place additional permanent drop boxes in pharmacies and health care facilities. In October, CCE met with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Suffolk County Legislator Spencer, Suffolk County Department of Health, health care facilities, and pharmacy providers to discuss how to expand pharmaceutical take-back options for residents and institutions.

Protecting Long Island Sound

CCE was thrilled to participate in "Orchestrating Both Coasts For a Better Sound 2.0," a major gathering of local, state and national leaders to discuss the health and future of the Long Island Sound. Congressman Tom Suozzi, Congressman Lee Zeldin, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro hosted the event. Participants celebrated reaching important LIS nitrogen reduction goals and committed to tackling the new challenges facing the Sound.

How Much Water Do You Use?

Lowering your personal water footprint is one of the most meaningful steps individuals can take to protect the environment. To find out how much water you use every day, including both tap water and the "virtual water" in the food you eat, the energy you use, and the products you buy, check out this great water footprint calculator. Plus, get tips for water conservation, and start lowering your footprint today!

Demanding a Stronger Water Plan for CT

The CT Water Planning Council (WPC) has released its draft State Water Plan (SWP) for Connecticut, which will have an impact on our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater in Connecticut for the foreseeable future. The SWP provides policy recommendations to the State Legislature, but unfortunately those recommendations fall short of what's needed to protect our environment and drinking water supplies, especially during times of drought. In October, our CT Program Director Louis Burch testified before the CT Water Planning Council to demand a stronger State Water Plan that protects our water resources from corporate privatization and the devastating impacts of climate change.

A Critical Moment for the Future of the Adirondacks

In the very near future, Governor Cuomo and his Adirondack Park Agency (APA) can secure Wilderness protection for 30,000 acres and the Boreas Ponds, preserving it for every generation of New Yorker that follows us. If you haven't yet, email the APA today and tell them to support Wilderness for the Boreas Ponds and a one-mile buffer to the south, protecting 30,000 acres from motorized or mechanized recreation within an expanded High Peaks Wilderness!
CCE retreat.

CCE Takes a Retreat

In October, CCE held our annual organization-wide retreat in Catskills. After 2 days of great discussion, we are ready to push ahead with our campaigns to protect waterways, reduce waste, promote renewable energy, fight climate change, protect public health, and more in the year ahead!

Great Lakes Conference Showcases Buffalo

We were thrilled to be a key partner in helping to organize and participate in the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference, which was held in Buffalo, NY in October. Great Lakes advocates from all eight Great Lakes states, as well as Canada, joined in Buffalo to strategize on Great Lakes restoration activities. CCE led a session showcasing New York State's historic investment in upgrading its wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.

Upcoming Film Screening: Ocean Frontiers III

Join us at Farmingdale State College on the evening of November 8 for a screening of Ocean Frontiers III. This film explores the challenges at the heart of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future. There will be a post-film conversation with CCE's Adrienne Esposito, NYS DEC Assistant Director of Marine Resources Karen Chytalo, Carl LoBue from the Nature Conservancy, Clint Plummer from Deepwater Wind, and John McMurray from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Association. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP today!
CCE in the News
October 30, 2017 – from LI Herald: Governor announces Bay Park reroute funds
October 29, 2017 – from Newsday: New funding announced for Bay Park's sewage pipe extension
October 27, 2017 – from Connecticut Post: Consumers, environmentalists lobby for Millstone veto
October 23, 2017 – from Long Island Business News: NCC to hold debate on Constitutional Convention
October 17, 2017 – from WSYR-TV: Locations for free, safe disposal of pharmaceutical drugs expands in Onondaga County
October 15, 2017 – from Newsday: Jack Martins, Laura Curran discuss environment at forum
October 12, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Private well near East Hampton Airport tests positive for toxic chemicals
October 10, 2017 – from 27east.com: Deepwater Wind Adds Three Possible Spots On The Ocean Where Power Cables Would Come Ashore
October 10, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Water testing wells installed at Bridgehampton sand mining site
October 2, 2017 – from News 12 Long Island: Drinking water task force holds 1st meeting
October 2, 2017 – from thedailystar.com: Officials work to cut prescription drug abuse
October 2, 2017 – from WSHU: Advocates: Budget Proposals Put Environmental Funding At Risk

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