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PROTECT LONG ISLANDíS DRINKING WATER

As Long Islanders, we rely on underground aquifers as our sole source of drinking water. Unfortunately, information gathered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) indicates that more than 120 different toxic pesticides and their breakdown products have been found in Long Islandís ground water. It is critical that we protect our drinking water for our health, the environment and for future generations. At a minimum, we must ban the three worst offending pesticides detected in our drinking water (metalaxyl, imidacloprid, and atrazine), which have been found thousands of times in Long Islandís groundwater from 2001 to 2010.

Better still would be for the DEC to adopt an effective and much needed, Long Island Pesticide Use Management Plan (LIPUMP). The adoption of an effective plan would prevent adverse effects to human health and the environment by protecting Long Islandís groundwater and surface water resources from pesticides contamination, while continuing to meet agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional pest management needs.

On Long Island, 10 million pounds of pesticides are applied annually to control a host of pests that include insects, weeds, and plant diseases. We also have some of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. Knowing this, it is imperative that we protect drinking water with an effective Long Island Pesticide Use Management plan, while at the same time, educating homeowners and landscape companies of the benefits and effectiveness of maintaining lawns and trees without chemical pesticides. Organic lawn and tree care is a thriving industry on Long Island. It doesnít pollute drinking water, or threaten our environment, and it can give you a beautifully green lawn without the use of chemicals.

The DEC has the ability and the responsibility to protect drinking water from future contamination and to protect public health.


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Let your voice be heard!

Write to:

Eugene Leff
Deputy Commissioner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-1010

Vincent A. Palmer
Special Assistant to the Commissioner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409


Your NYS Senator
http://www.nysenate.gov/senators


Your NYS Assembly Member http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

 

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