CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC |
High nitrate content in a well tested in the Center led to a press release by Supervisor Jim Dougherty on Friday, suggesting that Center residents “may want to consider having their own wells tested for water quality as high nitrate levels affect the quality of drinking water.”
According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, an excess level of nitrates is especially harmful to infants and young children and “indicate[s] the possible presence of other more serious residential or agricultural contaminants, such as bacteria or pesticides.” (more…)
BEVERELA WALZ PHOTO Scallopers on Coecles Harbor. Concerns are on the rise about the quality of ground and surface waters.
CORRECTION: Mr. Colligan’s words are with respect to owners of properties who are making major changes involving at least 50 percent of their structures and to those building new structures on the Island. Developers of most new construction in recent years have indicated a voluntary plan to use upgraded septic systems.
A Shelter Island Town Board member predicted Monday night that with aged septic systems here could be mandated to replace them within 18 months. (more…)