Fertilizers, runoff and pesticides are threatening Long Island

August 24, 2016 | Environment
Montauk, Long Island: fertilizers, pesticides, and stormwater runoff are threatening the quality of these waters | Photo: John Beil/Creative Commons

Surfrider Foundation released a documentary to raise awareness of the hidden dangers that are affecting the quality of the water in Long Island, New York. But "Surfrider Into The Sea" is just an example that could very well apply to any coastal region.

Life on the east end of Long Island revolves around water. The ocean provides work and pleasure for millions of people.

"There's a lot that's special about Long Island. The opportunities for outdoor recreation - particularly those centered around the water - are endless," underlines Andy Brosnan, a member of Surfrider Foundation's Eastern Long Island Chapter.

But there's one big problem. Or maybe two or three. When it rains, harmful substances like fertilizers and pesticides from lawns are washed into local waterways and, eventually, into the ocean.

Then, to make things worse, toxic algae blooms in several regions force authorities to shut down public beaches during the summer season. Stormwater runoff does the rest.

"Surfrider Into The Sea," a film by Mikey DeTemple, reveals why it is urgent to act to protect our natural water resources. Surfrider has two specific projects to address priority issues.

The Blue Water Task Force (TWTF) measures bacteria in the water, while the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) program provides information on how you can make changes in your own yard to fight pollution.

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