by Jessica Helm / Conservation Chair

DEC Commissioner Grannis recently sided with the Long Island Sierra Club and other parties in denying the SCWA a permit to use the LLoyd aquifer. This (hopefully) concludes a multi-year effort by the Water for LI roundtable volunteers (headed by our own member, Sarah Meyland). The Lloyd, LI’s deepest purest aquifer, is reserved under a state moratorium for coastal communities and for cases of extreme hardship. SCWA’s claim that the cost of cleaning up dirty water from a well in Northport was an extreme hardship, necessitating dilution with Lloyd water to lower pollutant levels, just didn't hold water with Commissioner Grannis. We commend Grannis for his foresight, and especially congratulate Sarah Meyland for her commitment and dedication to this long case.

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