Group calling for better cesspools to protect Suffolk's bays
The non-profit Peconic Baykeeper has released a report that says Long Island?s bays and estuaries are being polluted and is calling on Suffolk to prevent it.
The group says the nitrogen pollution comes from household cesspools. Nitrogen from waste in cesspools flows downward through the soil and then mixes with the groundwater, Peconic Baykeeper President Kevin McAllister says. The groundwater then carries the nitrogen into the bays.
McAllister says Suffolk needs stricter rules and more advanced technology and cesspools.
Experts say homeowners can replace their old cesspools with ones that have a chamber system that better filters nitrogen and contaminates.