South Shore Estuary Reserve

Welcome to the South Shore Estuary Reserve

 

Formed in 1993, the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Act established the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (Reserve). The Reserve is administered by the New York State Department of State in cooperation with the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve Council (Council) and the Citizen Advisory Committee comprised of State and local governments, non-profit and academic organizations and other local stakeholders.

The Reserve extends 75 miles east from the Nassau County/New York City line the Village of Southampton in Suffolk County. From south to north, the Reserve extends from the mean high tide line on the ocean side of the barrier island to the inland limits of the drainage areas.

The barrier islands along the Atlantic Ocean, the estuary’s shallow interconnected bays and tidal tributaries provide highly productive habitats that support the largest concentration of water-dependent businesses in the State. Water quality in the estuary is crucial to the health of the commercial and recreational fishing and shellfishing industries. 


New in the Reserve

The New York Department of State announces $668,385 in South Shore Estuary Reserve Local Assistance Grants

Today Secretary of State Rosado announced to $668,385 for sixteen projects through the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (Reserve) Local Assistance Program to municipalities in the Reserve to advance the Reserves’ Comprehensive Management Plan. 

A full list of grant awards can be found here.


Governor Cuomo Announces $354 million Project to Connect Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Existing Ocean Outfall at Cedar Creek Treatment Facility
The full announcement from the Governor can be found at:

http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-354-million-resiliency-project-dramatically-reduce-nitrogen-pollution


Governor Cuomo announces $10.4 Million for the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project to help improve water quality on Long Island.

The full announcement from the Governor can be found at:
http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-104-million-effort-improve-long-island-water-quality-restore-shellfish


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Announces the Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan

On 9/25/2017 that the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Environmental Quality released its Suffolk County Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan. Key points of the plan include: recommending the adoption of measures to regulate nitrogenous fertilizers, upgrading of septic systems, and the utilization of technology to allow residents to report abnormal conditions. Release of the Plan comes as the United States Senate is considering a bill that would provide $100 million in new funding to combat algae blooms. 

Press release:
http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/SuffolkCountyPressReleases/tabid/1418/itemid/6957/amid/2954/with-100-million-at-stake-suffolk-county-executive-bellone-unveils-major-water.aspx

Full report:
http://reclaimourwater.info/Portals/60/docs/HABActionPlan.pdf