Question of the Day: Do You Think Baykeeper is Right and Cesspool Laws Are Needed?

Let your fellow Patch readers know.

Kevin McAllister, executive director of the nonprofit Peconic Baykeeper, has recommended that lawmakers create new ordinance to require all new construction to include state-of-the-art cesspools to prevent nitrogen from reaching the bays and causing plums of biotoxins. Baykeeper's recommendation come as the has issued two warnings against consuming shellfish from the Shinnecock Bay because of the existence of biotoxins.

Patch wants to know if you support Baykeeper’s suggestion. Feel free to shout out your opinion in the comment section below this article.

Brad May 26, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Thank goodness someone is suggesting something. What a shame our water ways have become.
SirPoochala May 26, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Of course I agree. Anything less would be irresponsible by our lawmakers. The impact of over-development and personal fertilizer choices needs more serious attention by our lawmakers.
Ranger Sewer May 26, 2011 at 05:38 PM
There are "Laws" and they are called Codes. The codes take a back seat to somebody looking to make a buck. I have come across Cesspools installed into Ground Water by a Contractor. On the flip side are Homeowners who don't care enough to have the job done right. I could go on. Ranger Sewer East Northport NY
Meredith Murray May 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Absolutely! We are decades behind other communities, -- eg Manchester, Gloucester and other bayfront Massachusetts communities -- in protecting our bays from septic fouling. Cesspool control is essential. We are ruining our bays, shellfish and sea life with our thoughtless construction. - Meredith Murray, Westhampton.
Low tide June 01, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Let me preface my comments by saying that I have donated to and supported the work Baykeeper organization for some time. ... I am not a fan, however, of Kevin's grandstanding in the media. He seems to want to use the threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning to advance his cause to limit discharge into the bays in order to control harmful algal blooms. The fact is that this type of red tide, a bloom of Alexandrium, has been occurring for millennia and most likely predates the arrival of homo sapiens on the planet. Our discharge into the waters around us, however heinous, does not cause this bloom.... The brown and mahogany tides may exacerbated by our presence, just not the current red tide. Kevin does the Baykeeper a disservice with his "bad" science.


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