Question of the Day: Do You Think Our Bays Are Healthy?

Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister is once again urging lawmakers to step up the effort to enforce the upgrade of cesspools on the East End — what do you think can be done to improve the quality of our bays?

On the heels of water quality warnings from the New York State Kevin McAllister, executive director of the nonprofit Peconic Baykeeper, is once again urging lawmakers to change laws in order to  help clean up the water in the Peconic and South Shore estuaries by reducing the use of cesspools. McAllister said in an article posted Wednesday on North Fork Patch that a biotoxin is negatively affecting filter feeding shellfish and is a direct result of waste water that funnels through residential and commercial cesspools.

What else do you think can be done to help improve our water quality? Do you think our bays are healthier than they were 10 or 20 years ago? Feel free to comment below.

Ranger Sewer May 25, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Kevin is one of the very,very few who know what they are talking about. This is so easy to fix. I work with alot of Homeowners and Businesses who give a dam about what happens to their waste after it has been flushed, and the funny thing is that they are the ones with the least amount of Septic Problems. It takes SO LITTLE to help the Environment SO MUCH. There are still people ( Homeowners and Businesses ) still judge the short term dollars to the long term PENNIES it costs to do thing correct. There are people out there who just don't give a dam on what happens when they flush, or what impact it has on our Bays and Oceans. Again, I want to make my self clear, Operating costs are way less with a Environment Friendly Septic System then people think. Even just installing a few items makes a difference! The next problem is all the ILLEGAL DUMPING that A LARGE AMOUNT of SEPTIC CONTRACTORS do, and NOBODY GIVES A DAM OR ARE WILLING TO STOP THEM. What they do and how and when they do their Illegal Dumping, and in plain sight does affect the bays and oceans. HOW COULD ILLEGAL DUMPING OF A HAZ MAT WASTE NOT BE A PROBLEM? Feel free to contact me. Ranger Sewer East Northport NY
tom crowley May 25, 2011 at 06:16 PM
20 yrs ago we had a brown tide that wiped out all the scallops in the Peconics. After thousands of dollars of study the mysterious culprit could never be specifically identified. Non point pollution has and is killing the bays. Stop leaching treated or untreated sewerage into the bays would be a start.
Benja Schwartz May 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Should we just look the other way? <')((((((((><~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ see Nothing Sudden about Marsh Dieoff on www.nbnpress.com/watershed-news-the-latest-on-watershed-science.html And see the pictures of a salt marsh dying in East Creek, Cutchogue. The heart of the Peconic Bays!
Ranger Sewer May 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Some people have looked the other way. I have not. We are the oldest "Green" Septic, Cesspool and Drain Company who saw all this happening slowly some 20 years ago. This is a easy fix. Ranger Sewer East Northport NY
Guardian Angel May 26, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Looking at those pictures posted by Benja Schwartz makes you think. The marshes are falling apart! Public official are clearly in denial. Please contact your politicians and tell them we want to stop the destructive practices and start restoring the environment.
Guardian Angel May 26, 2011 at 01:13 PM
In the pictures Benja posted it looks like the marshes are falling apart. Salt Marshes are essential to the environment on the East End Lets stop destroying them.
Concerned May 26, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Kevin is correct. CapeCod has just upgraded to municipal sewer systems and they will no longer have cesspools. We must do the same. We need strict run off enforcement. One more sacred cow is the emissions from the south fork helicopters which adds to pollutants hurting the peconic bay estuary, especially the wetlands. The negative impact from helicopter pollution on and environmentally sensitive area such as our estuary was recognized recently by the Grand Canyon which has stopped helicopter traffic over the canyon, unless of course it's required for emergency purposes.
Ranger Sewer May 26, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Sewer Treatment Plants are PART of the problem. When a Sewer Treatment Plant has "Processed" Liquid Waste and pumps it out into the Bay or Ocean, IT IS NOT HUMAN DRINKABLE clear and clean water. Until a Sewer Treatment Plant can Bottle its treated wastewater and sell it as safe for Humans to drink, A Sewer Treatment Plant has only done 10% of its work. Ranger Sewer


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