Your article last week, “Mixed bag of opinions,” ended with a call for your readers to “weigh in.” Your use of these two words reminded me that although I’ve been bringing my own bags to the grocery store for many years, a stumbling block each time I shop is the issue of plastic produce bags.
The Suffolk County Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would require dry cleaners to post signs around their store detailing what chemicals they use to wash clothes, a step advocates said would let customers see which methods are “greener” for the environment. READ
Suffolk County legislators were considering pulling the trigger on a single-use plastic bag ban. But then, at a May 5 meeting in Riverhead, they stepped back to reload. READ
Suffolk County residents hopeful for a decision regarding a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores across the county will have to keep waiting. READ
Meetings of Suffolk County Legislature committees aren’t glamorous, attention-grabbing or particularly well attended. Nevertheless, they’re one of those events newspapers typically cover. READ
In an effort to reduce the amount of nitrogen getting into bays and other water bodies and to protect groundwater, Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook) has introduced a measure aimed at reducing the application of fertilizer.
A quarter-cent sales tax already funds the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program.
In the near future, 20 percent of all Community Preservation Funds generated from East End real estate transfers will also be set aside for water quality initiatives.
Suffolk County voters could be asked in November to help fund water quality improvement initiatives through a surcharge on water usage.