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MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release:
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, (516)390-7150, (631)384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

PRESERVATION EFFORTS ADVANCE FOR NORTHPORT HARBOR

Local Towns, Villages, and Non-profits to meet with Federal and State leaders to join efforts in restoring Northport Harbor Water Quality

Farmingdale, NY—On Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 10am, The Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee (NHWQPC), chaired by Supervisor Frank Petrone and CCE’s Executive Director, Adrienne Esposito, will meet with federal and state elected leaders to present 2011 priorities for restoration of the harbor. The Committee has developed a list of top priorities which will be discussed at the meeting. Federal and state leaders are needed to help with addressing on-going problems in the harbor such as toxic red tide, polluted stormwater run-off and upgrading old sewage infrastructure.

The NHWQPC began convening in spring of 2010 and has since crafted a detailed matrix of remediation projects, small and large, that will significantly aid in restoring the quality of harbor waters. Several of the committee recommendations are in the planning stages or underway. Implementation and financing of larger remediation efforts are needed and the committee is seeking the assistance of Federal and State elected leaders to advance these priorities. The top three needs identified by the committee are Scientific Research/Studies, Infrastructure, and Dredging of the Harbors.

WHO: Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee
Co-Chairs: Huntington Supervisor Petrone, Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Town of Huntington, Village of Northport, Village of Asharoken, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Town residents, Suffolk County, NYSDEC, Centerport Yacht Club, Stony Brook University
Federal Elected Leaders represented: Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Israel
State Elected Leaders represented: Senator Marcellino, Assemblyman Andrew Raia

WHEN:
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 10am

WHERE: Centerport Yacht Club – Beach Plum Drive Centerport, NY 11721

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by tbono  12/15/10