Save The Aquifer - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1677092

Save The Aquifer

Have we learned nothing? Are we so shortsighted that we’ve lost our ability to see beyond a few feet in front of our noses?

Have we lost our capacity to see the pollution in the private wells on Lewis Road and elsewhere, the pollution and negative water quality changes in Shinnecock Bay and elsewhere in Southampton Town [“Pine Barrens Commission To Hold Public Hearing On Lewis Road Golf Course Proposal In East Quogue,”, February 10]? Our sole-source aquifer must be protected at all costs. The town’s livelihood depends on this — for our businesses, for our incomes, for our very way of life.

What preserves our aquifer is the Pine Barrens, nature’s filtering system. It must not be compromised in any way. It must be valued and protected. Native trees, plant life and soil kept intact is what preserves our water. The water filters down to our aquifer and directly out to Shinnecock Bay via Weesuck Creek.

Plans to remove trees and plant life will negatively impact the quality of our water. The plans to remove hundreds of tons of native soil and sand to be replaced with “artificial soil” will negatively impact the quality of our water. Heavy equipment, increased traffic, paved roads and their runoff, chemicals applied, and other contaminants from construction all will negatively impact the quality of our water. And saying that an 18-hole golf course will negatively impact the quality of our water is an understatement of huge proportions.

Approving this project would be catastrophic and precedent-setting for our town and its citizens.

Ora Salmaggi

East Quogue


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