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What's in the water? Updates from our panel discussion

A glass is filled with Long Island tap

A glass is filled with Long Island tap water. (Sept. 4, 2013) Credit: Tara Conry

With the privilege of Long Islanders to live on the water comes the responsibility to protect it.

In Thursday night's town hall discussion, “What's in the Water,“ a panel of experts discussed topics ranging from Superfund sites to nitrogen pollution — and what's being done and by whom to ensure the quality of the Island's drinking and coastal waters.

Part of a Newsday/News 12 Long Island special report, the forum also opened the floor to audience members.

The panel includes:

- Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment

- Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society

- Kevin McAllister, Peconic Baykeeper president

- Dennis Kelleher, president of H2M water resource engineers and a consultant to 30 water suppliers on Long Island

- James Gaughran, Suffolk County Water Authority chairman

- New York State Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation

- New York State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset)

- Walter Dawydiak, acting director of environmental quality for Suffolk County's Department of Health Services

- Dr. Amy Juchatz, Suffolk County health department environmental toxicologist

-Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport)

-Emily C. Dooley, Newsday environmental reporter

The hourlong discussion was hosted by News 12 Long Island's Stone Grissom. Click here to watch the video, or go to

Check below for live updates from the discussion.


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