Itís a startÖ
Long Island Advance March 31, 2011
In our story about the Carmans River
Watershed Protection Plan what we saw was
residents and officials who love their
river. It takes a lot to keep folks glued in
their seats past 9 p.m. and beyond. The
meeting went until 11 p.m.
This river represents a lot to folks.
This vast ribbon of water softens their
lives, making them breathe easier, think,
catch fish at times, take a hike. It
represents what Long Island stood for years
ago, beauty and quality of life. The draft
plan isnít as perfect as some would like and
honestly, there are no easy answers. Peconic
Baykeeper Kevin McAllister said that better
wastewater discharge standards need to be
set in place and we agree; the county has
been dragging its feet on this because of
leadership that started several
A few years ago, a new wastewater system
was touted as the new savior by the county
and now that has been questioned. This
editor actually wrote about it and asked why
the test period the county was using wasnít
longer. As residents were stating concerns,
folks were taking notes. While this plan
didnít include votes from the civics, they
were encouraged to attend the meetings.
Their names are actually on the
This plan is now moving forward. It will
be tweaked and changed as it goes along but
for it to succeed in the best way possible,
that means that everyone needs to get on
board. One civic member said he wasnít
attending because he could see both sides
and didnít want to offend anyone.
For the river to be protected, this plan
needs to be supported. Stay the course and
make your suggestions.