A contestant competes in the NYSEA Surfing contest How clean is your beach?
map4 Look up contaminated sites
Amanda Comando, an assistant supervising chemist at the Suffolk County Water Authority
A glass is filled with Long Island tap LI water violations
This 2009 graphic based on information from the Graphics: Evolution of LI's water quality
High levels of toxic waste found near Bethpage well

High levels of a potential carcinogen have been found in groundwater in Bethpage near a former naval industrial site, and local water districts worry that public-supply wells could be affected.


What is the biggest challenge facing environmentalists trying to save LI's threatened water system?

Nitrogen pollution from septic systems Too much polluted water runoff Weak environmental protections for the region Lack of water quality education