Mid-Suffolk Chapter

Nitrogen Pollution on Long Island



How to Protect Our Community and the Environment


Presented by our Chapter’s Environmental Protection Committee Head Sarah Schaefer, the Suffolk County Program Coordinator for the Peconic Estuary Program.

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for a healthy environment. Like oxygen, nitrogen is needed to support healthy plants, animals and people. For example, nitrogen supports the growth of plants, which provide food and places to live for many animals. However, too much nitrogen, from sources such as fertilizer and human and animal waste, can enter the groundwater we drink and nearby streams, rivers and bays in amounts that are not healthy for humans or the environment. Learn more here.

Here are some ways you can make changes to reduce nitrogen pollution:

  1. Reduce pollutants on your property:
    • Reduce or eliminate fertilizer.
    • Pick up pet and animal waste.
    • Install a better performing onsite waste treatment system on your property. Click here for more info.
    • Dispose of waste on your boat properly.
  2. Don’t forget to write to or call your Congressman and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in support of maintaining funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which funds local environmental programs.

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