Eco-Friendly Septic Grants Available

Orient Association is writing with important news regarding a grant available to every qualifying homeowner in Orient. Homes that are in the flood zone using septic tanks and cesspools are at the highest risk of contributing to the rapidly increasing pollution of Orient Harbor and Hallock’s Bay. Suffolk County launched an initiative “Reclaim Our Water” which includes improving wastewater systems to address one of the most critical issues – nitrogen pollution in our bays and surface waters. The most vulnerable zones are identified 1 and 2, shown on the enclosed brochure map.

The good news is that grants of $20,000 are available to each homeowner for the installation of Innovative/Alternative system that process and return all wastewater clean and clear. Together, we can turn back the tide to pristine waters!! If you want to learn about applying for the grant—and also for anyone curious about state of the art water treatment systems—the Orient Association is holding a workshop at Poquatuck Hall on January 19th at 3:00 pm. We’ll walk through application requirements; discuss installation and all other details. We will have a discussion of why this matters and how important it is to have these systems installed. Guest speakers will be experts in Peconic Bay waters and waste water treatment systems. Please add the date to your calendar and reminders will go out after the holidays. Also, Board committee members are available for individual appointment sessions, starting immediately. To schedule, just get in touch with myself, or one of the OA representatives listed below.

As an endpaper to 2019—it has been a busy year. A few areas of our involvement included:

  • Supporting the work of the Southold Town Comprehensive Plan with an accounting of priorities outlined in the Orient Plan, focusing on water and house size as key issues.
  • Partnering with neighboring civic groups to share recommendations on house size, water, and traffic issues to the Town Board.
  • Helping advocate that Southold Town uphold the decision of the Historic Preservation Commission against the Skipper’s Lane teardown proposal and they did.
  • Outlining a forum on the value and background of the historic district in Orient Village.
  • Participating in the Preserve Plum Island Coalition as the civic organization most affected by any changes in the nature of Plum Island.

These issues give us the opportunity to put into sharper focus what community character means in Orient, and how we can all be the best stewards of our precious resources.

Drianne Benner
President, Orient Association

Water Committee:

Sherry Thomas

Chris Wedge