Letters: Protecting the Island's water

Workers prepare to install a pipe at a

Workers prepare to install a pipe at a sewage treatment plant that's being expanded at a cost of nearly $42 million in the Hauppauge Industrial Park. (Sept. 10, 2013) (Credit: Ed Betz)

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I read with interest your articles about possible water contamination on Long Island ["Rising risks from nitrogen," News, Sept. 25]. In my opinion, like all problems, it's a lack of money and direction of funds for the good of the people.

The State Legislature has spent all its energies rewarding corporations. The state's brownfield law put more than $362 million in the hands of corporations in 2008 and 2009.

The lack of remediation and site cleanup is not the fault of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. It is the fault of the legislators who channel the money to corporate welfare and then choose not to fund additional resources for DEC. Legislators write laws that are mind-boggling to protect the responsible corporations from ever cleaning up the contamination.

Joseph Thrapp, Rockville Centre
 

Why the alarm over Long Island's water supply? There is no water problem except the need for more sewers and water treatment.

Long Island is blessed with an abundant supply of water in its enormous aquifer, enough water to substantially increase Long Island's population. We need more real estate development to increase the tax base.

"Water problems" are a red herring used by anti-growth, pseudo-environmentalists who seek to stop development.

The cost to install sewers and water treatment facilities is small compared with the potential increase in the tax base from development -- higher density, taller buildings.

There is no water problem. The problem is Long Island's resistance to change and growth.

Clifford Sondock, Jericho

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the Land Use Institute, a free-market think tank.

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