Orient sits atop a single, thin, freshwater aquifer and is surrounded by beautiful, productive bays and estuaries.  Unfortunately, both our groundwater and our surface waters have been degraded over the past half-century, and both face significant threats going forward.

Water is the lifeblood of this community, so the OA believes it is critical to understand and confront these threats.  We are therefore working on developing a comprehensive plan for remediating and protecting the hamlet’s ground and surface waters.  The plan will cover three areas:

  1. Situation assessment
  2. Prioritization of actions to be taken
  3. Activation (identification of funding and responsible party–Suffolk County Government, NYC DEC, EPA, etc.)

Suffolk County has recently commissioned significant research and provided new funding for groundwater, wastewater, and surface water problems, but for real and immediate impact in Orient, local action is needed.

Our goal is to substantially improve Orient’s ground and surface waters and implement a long-term, responsibly funded management plan that will sustain Orient’s water quality and protect our community’s health long into the future.

The OA has engaged experts (hydrologists, biologists, stormwater, groundwater, and wastewater specialists) to make sure both the situation assessment and the recommended actions are based in science.  This expert consulting represents a significant investment, but a large group of Orient residents has supported the project.

When the consulting engagement is complete, the OA will present findings and recommendations to the community and will lobby the appropriate entities (Southold Town, Suffolk County, New York State, federal agencies) to take action on the highest priority projects.

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  • Address: Orient Association, POB 282, Orient, NY, 11957
  • Payable to: “Orient Association”
  • Note: Mark your check as directed to “OA Water Project”

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Deer Management Forum – Aug. 13, 2022 – 9:30am at Poquatuck Hall

Deer Management Forum – Aug. 13, 2022 – 9:30am at Poquatuck Hall

The Orient Association is hosting a Deer Management Forum on Saturday, August 13th at 9:30 am in Poquatuck Hall. The guest speakers will be:
  • Greg Doroski- Town Board Member and Liaison to the Deer Management Task Force
  • Craig Jobes- Southold Town Environmental Analyst in charge of the hunting program and de facto member of the Deer Management Task Force
  • Arnold Blair- Nassau Point Property Owners Association Deer Committee and member of the Town Deer Management Task Force.
Find out what the Town is doing to control the deer population and see what you can do to help Learn about the rules and regulations that control hunting methods in Southold.
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Orient Water Project Update #2

Orient Water Project Update #2

Now that we are a few months into the Orient water project, I wanted to give you an update on our progress.As you know, we started this project with the goal of assessing, now and in the future:
  1. Ground water quantity
  2. Ground water quality
  3. Surface water health
In each case, we wanted to know whether there are steps that should be taken to improve and protect our water resources. 
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