Statement From The Nature Conservancy in New York

On Governor Cuomo’s Water Quality Related State of the State Announcements

Albany, NY

Whether it's in Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes or on Long Island, a critical priority for The Nature Conservancy in New York is reaffirming and supporting New York’s commitment to protecting and restoring our vital water resources. To that end, we commend Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership to secure clean water for communities and the environment.

Specific to today's announcement, harmful algal-blooms pose a significant threat to drinking water in our communities in upstate New York, and bringing stakeholders together to take a regional approach to curb nutrient loading is smart approach. The Nature Conservancy stands ready to bring our conservation work to the table to support these laudable efforts.

And on Long Island, our communities are served by a sole source aquifer that is connected to our surface water bodies. Efforts to address surface and ground water contamination are necessary for public and environmental health.

These announcements build off last year's historic $2.5 billion investment in the 2017-2018 state budget - to be spent over the course of 5 years - and The Nature Conservancy looks forward to the Governor's continued commitment to that promise when the Executive Budget is released in January.


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