Empowering Communities, Advocating Solutions


Citizens Campaign for the Environment has joined with Group for the East End, Long Island Pine Barrens Society, and The Nature Conservancy to create The Long Island Clean Water Partnership. The groups recently produced "Water we Going to Do?," a report that outlines the case for protection and comprehensive management of Long Island's drinking and surface waters. The partnership is a grassroots initiative to restore and protect Long Island's water resources on a comprehensive level.

Water Action for Long Island – Statement of Ten Water Protection Principles

  1. Reduce fertilizer loads, and require advanced treatment upgrades to sewage treatment plants and septic systems (providing at least a 50% reduction in nitrogen over conventional systems) so nitrogen pollution does not exceed 2 mg per liter for groundwater entering our bays and harbors.
  2. Establish an adequately funded, unified regulatory entity for Long Island's water resources management.
  3. Develop and implement a comprehensive, effective, enforceable, and affordable clean water action plan for Long Island. This plan should include enforceable regulations with measurable goals and consequences for agencies and municipalities that fail to protect water quality.
  4. Assess wastewater treatment performance and technological advancement. Develop a septic system upgrade program to accelerate the deployment of advanced and decentralized treatment systems.
  5. Create a "State of the Aquifer" report.
  6. Develop public education strategies that include elected leaders and policy makers.
  7. Complete and implement the LI Pesticide Use and Management Strategy.
  8. Create and advance a land protection plan focused on water quality and watershed protection.
  9. Enact legislation for proper disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals.
  10. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) products and related practices (fertilizers, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, septic system maintenance, etc.) all affect water quality. Citizens and civic, business, academic, and non-governmental organizations must engage all levels of government to advance the education and awareness necessary to change daily behaviors. Citizens and businesses must phase out the use of HHW products and find and develop suitable alternatives.

Partner Organizations

  • ABC Retirement
  • Alkalize L.L.C.
  • Amagansett Food Institute
  • Bay Burger
  • Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)
  • Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays
  • Conservation & Natural Areas Planning
  • East End Resources Inc
  • EME Group
  • Group for the East End
  • Group to Save Goldsmith Inlet
  • Hashamomuck Cove Group
  • Hofstra University, Chemistry Department (Environmental Chemistry)
  • League of Women Voters of Brookhaven
  • LIU Post
  • Lombardo Associates, Inc.
  • Long Island Pine Barrens Society
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Operation Splash
  • Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Organization
  • Quogue Association
  • Riverhead I-Group
  • Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition Inc.
  • Rosa Parks Democratic Associaton
  • Rutgers University
  • Save The Great South Bay
  • Sea Tow Intl Inc.
  • Sierra Club
  • SPAT
  • Stony Brook University
  • Water Mill CAC
  • WATERWASH Projects

Updated by dcoppola 11/26/13