Ten of 21 applications requesting funding from Suffolk County for various water-quality improvements were recommended by the county’s Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program Committee …
Ten of 21 applications requesting funding from Suffolk County for various water-quality improvements were recommended by the county’s Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program Committee last Thursday.
Although the committee had cited a $1.5 million cap for funding at a meeting in January, the total cost of the 10 recommended applications topped $1.7 million.
“We decided that we could do more because we are getting back $1 million to the fund in closing out some previous projects,” said Frank Castelli, the program’s director, adding that the majority of that money coming back was from projects from multiple years back. “Because we are putting approximately $1 million back in the fund, we have allowed ourselves to go a little bit higher on the recommendations.”
Applications recommended for funding by the committee span across the county and were submitted by multiple townships, incorporated villages and other interested parties. One of the 10 receiving recommendation was submitted by the county’s Department of Public Works to remove invasive plant species from Great Patchogue Lake, an application requesting $250,000 from the county.
Another notable recommendation from the committee was an application submitted by the Town of Brookhaven for storm water and flood mitigation at Patchogue Bay. Carrying out the project would allow for the filtration and collection of sediments before they enter the bay. It would reduce nitrogen discharge in the bay by approximately 46 percent, sediment discharge by 81 percent, phosphorus discharge by 52 percent and biochemical oxygen demand by almost 63 percent. This application also requests $250,000 from the county.
Although some projects’ requests for funding were rejected, several others not recommended were redirected for recommendation to other county funds, considering those projects’ contents. Multiple projects were pushed to a fund that considers projects requesting additional funding to an ongoing project.
Also, four applications that indicate septic system upgrades were pushed to the county’s Sewer Infrastructure Committee, as that committee makes recommendations for a separate fund that is more specific to those types of projects. The committee will meet on March 5 in Hauppauge and could recommend the projects pushed by the WQPRP committee.
The application submitted by Bayport-Blue Point Library for an upgraded septic system at its purchased property on Middle Road was one of four projects redirected to the Sewer Infrastructure Committee. This application requests $250,000.