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Southampton committee will study coastline

Southampton Town has formed a committee to begin a long-term planning study of its coastline to inventory environmental conditions, from flooding and erosion to nitrates and septic waste.

The project, slated to take two years and funded in part by the New York State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, will be conducted by the Urban Harbors Institute of the University of Massachusetts.

The state’s program is a means for communities to develop policies about the use, care and treatment of their shorelines and bodies of water. In Southampton, Assistant Town Planner Freda Eisenberg said, it will be used to assess the hundreds of miles of waterfront and protect it from damage.

“It will include a set of recommendations,” said Eisenberg, who is on the committee, adding that the recommendations could include strategies, capital projects and legislation.

The town will also work with Pace University’s Land Use Law Center on legislation resulting from the findings.

Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, also on the committee, said the town has 658 miles of shoreline and borders two major estuary systems.

“It is imperative that Southampton Town address key sustainability issues related to our waterways and wastewater planning,” she said in a news release.

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