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DEC Announces Virtual Public Meeting on Feb. 17 for Long Island Sound Embayment Study

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering a virtual public information session on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, 2-4 p.m., about a new water quality study of Long Island Sound embayments. The study is being conducted as part of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) and will explore potential technologies available to exchange more sea water into embayments along the Long Island Sound to help reduce the accumulation of nutrients, particularly nitrogen, and improve the health of the waterbody.

The study will evaluate options to help meet water quality goals established by LINAP and the counties by enhancing the flow, or exchange, of sea water in three types of Long Island embayments, including shallow harbors, harbors with a sand spit, and tidal inlets. By looking at certain flow exchange practices such as dredging, trenching, or piping sea water, among other actions, the study will help improve the knowledge of scientists and planners in their work to develop plans to improve water quality in certain bays. The study will include information about how well the different practices do or do not improve water quality. Communities could then use the information from the study to determine if they want to initiate a feasibility study for a specific embayment and specific modification at a particular location. No construction of modifications is associated with the study itself.

DEC’s virtual informational session will include a presentation on the assessment, including the goals, objectives, and deliverables. The session will be held virtually on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. The link to the session can be found here: 

Meeting Link: WebEx Link
Meeting Phone Number: +1 518-549-0500
Phone Conference ID: 161 162 4588