The Town of Brookhaven has secured nearly $1 million in funding to help improve its environment.
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $988,401 in New York State Regional Economic Development Council Awards will be dispersed between three different projects.
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- Brookhaven will receive $375,000 to remove abandoned homes and antiquated infrastructure from tidal wetlands in Mastic Beach to re-establish wetland systems and natural floodplains in the area, which is vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal storms.
- Brookhaven Town will receive $313,401 to construct a permeable reactive barrier at the Davis Park Marina on Fire Island to remove nitrogen from the groundwater before it enters surface waters. The project will reduce nitrogen entering Long Island coastal waters, which can lead to eutrophication, hypoxia, marine harmful algal blooms and marine life mortality.
- Brookhaven Town also received a $300,000 grant to purchase a vacuum truck to be used as part of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. Use of the truck will improve water quality by removing sediment and other pollutants that would otherwise enter waterbodies via the storm sewer system.
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine says improvements like these are imperative for continual success in the area.
“Our bays, beaches and waterways are environmentally fragile and important to our local economy,” he said. “We must do everything we can to protect and preserve them for future generations.”
Top: Outside view of the Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville. (Courtesy)