Update 9/13:

The EMCA forum will now be held virtually via Zoom. Here’s the link. The Riverhead Water Forum has also been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

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In Riverhead and East Marion this week, the state of our drinking water on the East End will be the primary focus of two important public meetings.

The first, to be held by Riverhead Town this Wednesday, Sept. 15, is the first of a series of quarterly meetings about a variety of issues facing Riverhead’s water supply.

The second meeting is to discuss potential public water expansion to East Marion, and will be held by the East Marion Community Association on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the East Marion firehouse.

The goal of the Riverhead Water Forum “is to communicate and share information and ideas to best address, remedy, or implement measures to provide clean safe drinking water to all our residents, minimize loss and waste of water, and maximize efficient and effective development of the town’s public water supply system. The goal is to provide safe and clean drinking water to our residents,” according to Riverhead Town.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the town board auditorium at 200 Howell Ave. in Riverhead.

Town staff are expected to provide updates on projects, grants, code changes, and aims to increase awareness and understanding about the issues surrounding water and water uses and infrastructure.

Members of the public can recommend topics for discussion by emailing TBC@Townofriverheadny.gov. The agenda for the meeting is expected to be posted on the town website by Sept. 13.

The East Marion meeting is an informal discussion with the Suffolk County Water Authority, sponsored by EMCA and the East Marion Fire Department, on “Expanding Public Water Access in East Marion.” The East Marion firehouse is at 9245 Main Road in East Marion. The morning will begin with coffee and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the discussion at 10 a.m.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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