Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rauch Foundation Strives to Restore Long Island's Water
There is arguably nothing more important to Long Island's future than our water: drinking water, ponds, bays and shorefront. All are being damaged by pollution, yet the political will to address the problem has been missing at the state level. It's become customary in American politics to put off tough decisions until after elections. Now is the time to let candidates in the November elections know that we want action on this issue before the end of the year.
The problem is that Long Island's groundwater has become contaminated. That's the water found underground - in cracks and crevices in the soil, sand and rock - that recharges our rivers, lakes, and wetlands, as well as our wells. It's stored in geological formations called aquifers, and on Long Island those aquifers provide 100% of our drinking water.
That's why four environmental groups - The Nature Conservancy, Long Island Pine Barrens Society, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Group for the East End - came together to form the Long Island Clean Water Partnership. It's why more than 100 Long Island organizations and businesses have now joined them in this partnership. Together they are leading a public awareness campaign, which the Rauch Foundation is helping to fund, to fix this problem once and for all....