HAUPPAGUE, N.Y. – Suffolk County will acquire three new pieces of property to preserve as open space to help protect drinking water in the 7th Legislative District. Introductory Resolution’s 1789, 1790, and 1798 were passed by the Suffolk County Legislature at the October 2nd General Meeting. The package of resolutions direct the Suffolk County Director of Real Estate to purchase the properties and place them in the County’s inventory of preserved parcels. Two of the properties are along Tuthill’s Creek in Blue Point and the third is part of the Patchogue River wetlands. Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, who represents the 7th district, supported their passage.
“Suffolk County has long recognized the importance of preserving sensitive ecological areas that are critical to the health of our drinking water supply,” said Calarco. “These three spaces are some of the last major acquisitions available to the County in my district and I’m glad to have the support of my colleagues for their preservation. One of my top priorities as Legislator has been to protect our most important natural resource here on Long Island, our water. We are making the critical investments to protect our environment for our kids and for generations beyond.”
The funding for these purchases is provided by the ¼% Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program (DWPP). The DWPP was enacted by Suffolk County voters in 2014 and provides funding for projects and acquisitions that protect the well-being of the County’s drinking water supply. The resolutions authorize the purchases for $279,000 in total.