Government Briefs 06.05.14

East Hampton Town

Survey for Senior Citizens

A committee appointed by the East Hampton Town Board to evaluate the needs of senior citizens in the community, and resources available to them, is polling older residents through a survey, which can be completed online at easthamptonsurvey.com. Survey forms can also be found at various public buildings throughout the town, including Town Hall. Responses must be submitted by June 19.

 

Suffolk County

Nitrogen Reduction Efforts

Additional funding for Suffolk County’s nitrogen fertilizer reduction initiative was announced last week. The initiative is part of the county’s Reclaim Our Waters program, which aims to reduce nitrogen pollution in its many forms — from septic tanks, cesspools, and fertilizers. The money will go toward educational programs directed at landscapers and the public, according to a release from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

 

            All Suffolk County licensed landscapers will be required to take a course taught by the Cornell Cooperative Extension on the harmful environmental effects of nitrogen fertilizers and their misapplication. Landscapers will also learn about native plants and how to use them as alternatives to turf grass. In addition, the county will provide and will require all fertilizer retail locations to incorporate educational materials for homeowners into their fertilizer displays.