This Thursday, September 27th, 7:30pm at Patchogue Village Hall there will be a public meeting of the Village’s Stormwater Remediation Committee as part of the The Great South Bay Starts Here campaign.
This committee and campaign were initiated by Village Trustee Joseph Keyes as a tool to educate the public about the potential harmful effects stormwater can have on our local waterways and bays, explain how we are all, in some way, a cause of this contamination, while also providing some preventative solutions and methods we can all practice and participate in.
In particular, The Great South Bay Starts Here campaign says it all in the name. Whether in your back yard, the storm drain at your corner, the parking lot you put your car or the street you live on that runs directly into the Bay or River; when it rains or snows that water mixes with these areas, picks up whatever harmful agents that may be at these locations and eventually it ends up in our waterways. So, literally, the Great South Bay starts with you and where ever you place your waste.
As Chairman of the Village’s Stormwater Committee, it is with this in mind I invite everyone to our next Public Meeting Thursday September 27th. At this meeting will be a presentation by Mark Capellino of Cornell Cooperative Extension on what we can do to prevent stormwater contamination. Our particular focus will be on what we will all be engaging in soon…Fall yard and home maintenance. Please come with any questions, concerns or other suggestions you may have and be part of this informative discussion.
We are all fortunate to live in such close proximity to the waterfront. But with this fortune comes responsibility. We owe it to future generations to do our part to make the Patchogue River and Great South Bay as pristine as possible. In turn, this helps make our community a wonderful and unique place to live.
Look forward to see you on September 28th.