State Invests $5 Million in Stony Brook Southampton’s Clean Water Center Initiatives

At the 2013 grand opening of the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Center.
At the 2013 grand opening of the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Center.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the state plans to invest $5 million dollars in the work being done on new water filtration techniques at Stony Brook Southampton’s Center for Clean Water Technology.

The grant money, which will be administered by the Center for Clean Water Technology, will be provided in three distinct areas:

The funding will support grants for water suppliers to develop and conduct pilot projects to test cutting-edge contaminant filtration and treatment technologies, research needed for the development, evaluation and advancement of these technologies; and commercialization of viable technologies to create economic development opportunities for the region and state.

The state has already committed $3.5 million from the Environmental Protection Fund to support the Center for Clean Water Technology, which was established at SUNY Stony Brook in 2014 by Governor Cuomo in partnership with Suffolk County and the Town of Southampton.

Governor Cuomo announced the funding at the same time his office announced that Gabreski Airport in Westhampton would be designated a State Superfund Site due to the finding of toxic components of firefighting foam in nearby drinking wells.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele was instrumental in working with then Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Suffolk County and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help launch the Center.

“The new funding for the Stony Brook Center for Clean Water Technology will help fast-track the development and implementation of advanced, alternative wastewater treatment systems which
will not only address our nitrogen crisis, but also emerging pollutants which are threatening our ground and surface water quality,” said Mr. Thiele.

“Every year, new and emerging contaminants threaten public water supplies. In other cases, traditional contaminants appear quickly or in an unexpected manner,” said Center for Clean Water Technology Co-Director Dr. Christopher Gobler. “The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology stands ready to help bring the best technologies available to water districts and water suppliers across New York to ensure a continued supply of safe and clean drinking water for all New Yorkers.”

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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