Water Pollution Levels Rising on Long Island

February 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

New Yorkers count on clean water from their taps to their beaches, but they may not see when that vital resource is threatened.

While most of the state’s water comes from upstate reservoirs, Long Islanders get their water from underground aquifers. And in recent years, reports have shown pollution levels rising dramatically in the island’s underground and surface water.

What’s causing this problem, what are its potential effects, and what is being done about it?

MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman asked Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York.

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