Protect Our Aquifer Day Is May 4

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Science and law: powerful tools for groundwater management

By Francine Furtado

In the past, the groundwater beneath Long Island provided some of the finest drinking water in the world. Now, each year brings more news about the condition of Long Island’s groundwater, and not much of it is good.

The 2018 Protect Our Aquifer Day program on Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is the opportunity to hear experts discuss the science of Long Island groundwater, and legal approaches to provide more protection and oversight of the water supply on which Long Island relies. The program will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset.

Scientists will report on their latest findings and interpret what it means for the sustainability of this essential natural resource—our drinking water.

For the first time on Long Island, legal approaches to better manage water resources in New York State and Long Island, will be discussed by a legal expert who successfully challenged water management practices in the state.

The latest research on saltwater intrusion; water conditions in the Pine Barrens, the impact of consumer product chemicals on groundwater; and the latest details on unregulated chemicals such as 1,4 Dioxane will all be included.

These programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. For more details and to register, visit www.waterforlongisland.org.

Protect Our Aquifer Day is cosponsored by Sierra Club Long Island Group and Water for Long Island.

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