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Nearly $30 million from Suffolk County will help build sewers in Mastic Beach

Mastic Beach
Sara Ruberg
Mastic Beach

Nearly $30 million in grants from Suffolk County’s Water Infrastructure Fund will help expand sewer projects in Mastic Beach.

$20 million will help fund sewers in the Mastic-Shirley Revitalization Area, which officials say is decades overdue. The other $8 million will fund the next construction phase of the Forge River sewer project, connecting over 1,800 homes to a new treatment plant in Mastic.

Superstorm Sandy only elevated the issue of excess nutrients in nearby wetlands from cesspools and septic systems.

Nitrogen pollution has led to fish kills, discolored water and sulfur odors. A Town of Brookhaven task force found the Forge River to be one of the most oxygen-starved water bodies in the Northeast.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called the projects key to improving water quality, and attracting more businesses.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.