Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs Carmans River Protection Bill into law

Indian Landing in the Carmans River in Shirley is seen on Sept. 9, 2012. It once served as a meeting place for Native Americans. It can be reached by water and from a walking trail from the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Complex Center and Headquarters.

Indian Landing in the Carmans River in Shirley is seen on Sept. 9, 2012. It once served as a meeting place for Native Americans. It can be reached by water and from a walking trail from the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Complex Center and Headquarters. (8/1/13)

Thanks to a new law, one of Long Island's natural treasures will be better protected.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the Carmans River Protection Bill.

The law extends the protection of the Pine Barrens to include the Carmans River Watershed. It also adds over 3,800 acres to the Central Pine Barrens.

Lawmakers say preserving the river will also provide protection for Long Island's groundwater. 

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