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Wastewater study under way at Bay Park
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“I look forward to hearing the results of this study,” added County Legislator Denise Ford, who represents Long Beach and other coastal communities. “The potential of having a viable solution to treat and minimize effluent in Reynolds Channel would be a major environmental victory for the residents of Long Beach and Nassau County.”

Ochtera added that a project of such magnitude would have a profound impact on the area, both positive (getting the effluent out of a small, relatively closed body of water) and negative (pumping that effluent into the ocean).

“The solution to pollution is dilution,” she said. “The plant is one of Nassau County’s biggest headaches. It has been neglected for a very long time and has very real issues that need to be addressed. The fact that finding the funding for studies and improvements has become a joint effort, reaching across party lines and government agencies, is cause for optimism. Every bit of attention given to the plant is a step in the right direction.”

The study began this summer, and is expected to continue for about a year.

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lifelongER

The ocean outfall pipe would've been accomplished almost 5 years ago if Santino and his Town of Hempstead cronies didn't fight consolidation and the windfall federal funds that would've paid for upgrades to the existing plant AND the pipe extension to the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, we got 5 more years with a filthy, almost lifeless bay.

Oh, and the consolidation they were so deadset against and did everything they could to delay? Santino admitted he couldn't stop it. Instead he delayed consolidation as long as he could score political points from it. By that time, the federal funds were gone. So he got exactly what he pretended to be preventing without the benefit of the ocean pipe... Thanks Tony!

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