State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso has been appointed to chair the the Assembly’s Long Island Sound Task Force.
“I am a strong believer that we are borrowing this environment and from future generations and need to preserve and protect it the best way we can,” said D’Urso.
With this new appointment, D’Urso said he is looking forward to protect the sound and will work on identifying what needs to be accomplished to preserve the local ecology while also applying methods to protect the shoreline and the surrounding properties.
He said he is concerned about the protection and preservation of our local water supply and asks residents to take care of what they put into their lawns.
“By practicing sustainable lawn care, residents will use less water and less fertilizer”, said D’Urso. “Native plants are low maintenance and can live on rain water and do not need to be watered or fertilized as often as non-native plants. They provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other local animals,” he added.
Using phosphorous as a lawn fertilizer for a lawn which does not need it is not allowed in New York State.
Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has said that “Excess phosphorous is causing problems in many New York water bodies, making them unusable for swimming, fishing, or as a source of drinking water. I urge residents to ‘look for the zero’ and buy phosphorous-free fertilizer this spring.”
Phosphorous run-off from lawns can harm our water by causing algae to overgrow thereby depleting the water of oxygen and creating the potential for chlorination carcinogens.
Fertilizers and pesticides run off, ending up in ground or surface water, including wells which affect drinking water, recreation water supplies and animal habitats.