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Water Quality Action Plan - Tree Planting

Our bay is sick. The beaches are closed to swimming throughout the summer because the water isn't safe for our children. We need a plan to address the dangerous levels of nitrogen and bacteria flowing into the Great South Bay. That's why today I'm proud to announce the first phase in my Water Quality Action Plan:
“Addressing Stormwater Runoff Through a Native Tree Planting Program”
When rain falls to a natural surface, it soaks into the ground. However, when it falls onto paved surfaces - it can't soak into the ground. Instead, it carries many different pollutants - including nitrogen, pesticides, bacteria, and other unsafe substances - and brings them to our creeks, streams, rivers, and the bay.  It causes flooding and erosion, and disturbs natural habitats.
Trees, particularly trees that are native to the area, decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and pollutants that reach our water.  They capture the rainfall, naturally filter it, and release it into the atmosphere. Additionally, they improve air quality, and increase property and aesthetic value.
As Supervisor, I will implement a program to plant more native trees in areas near our creeks and in parts of town that lack sewers, which will result in less nitrogen and bacteria flowing into the Great South Bay.  I will advocate and lobby for funding from the state and county for this tree program. We can clean our bay while also keeping our town a beautiful place to live - it's a win-win.

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