The Orient Water Project

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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