Suffolk County will convene two public hearings to receive comments on the implementation of a wastewater management strategy based on the recommendations presented in the Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Management Plan and the changes to the Suffolk County Sanitary code required to implement these recommendations. The goal of the Subwatersheds Wastewater Management Plan is to reduce nitrogen loading from wastewater sources.
The first hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Suffolk County Legislature Maxine S. Postal Auditorium located at 300 Center Drive in Riverhead. The second hearing is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Suffolk County Community College Brentwood Campus Health, Sports & Education Center Lecture Hall located at Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood.
The Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Management Plan and the associated Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement were subjected to detailed environmental review by Suffolk County’s Council on Environmental Quality and, on August 14, 2019, were deemed satisfactory and complete for the purposes of public comment.
Potential environmental impacts, both positive and negative, identified during the state environmental quality review scoping and evaluated in the draft generic environmental impact statement, include concerns regarding land-use; consistency with community plans and character; groundwater and surface water resources; natural resources; historic and archeological resources; noise and odors; human health and exposure to contaminants; environmental justice; cumulative impacts to water supply; potential for growth inducement; energy demand and greenhouse gas impacts; unavoidable adverse impacts, and irreversible and irretrievable commitment of resources.
Pursuant to the Citizens Public Participation Act, all citizens are invited to submit testimony, either orally or in writing, at the meeting. Written comments are requested and will be accepted prior to the meeting and until the close of business on September 16, 2019. Send comments to:
Ken Zegel, PE, Associate Public Health Engineer
Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology
360 Yaphank Avenue, Suite 2B
Yaphank, NY 11980
The Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was established in 1970 by Article I of the Suffolk County Charter, known as the Environmental Bill of Rights. In 1972 the County established the Suffolk County Historic Trust and designated the CEQ members as trustees of the Historic Trust. Under its mandated Charter responsibilities, the CEQ is advisory to both the County Executive and the County Legislature.