Suffolk purchases Carmans River Watershed land
Suffolk County officials have announced the purchase of the 171 acres of land in the Carmans River Watershed.
Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town will spend $2 million each to buy the Carmans River Watershed in Yaphank from the apartment developer Avalon Bay.
Avalon Bay wanted to build multifamily housing on the site but could not get the necessary zoning approvals.
"This is really an historic purchase," said Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone. "It represents another advance in this mutual effort to protect water quality."
The purchase is considered a key acquisition as lawmakers and environmentalists ramp up their efforts to protect the Carmans River. Just last month, Brookhaven bought a 150-acre parcel nearby.
According to Dick Amper, from the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, the ultimate goal is to obtain another 1,100 acres around the river.