Long Island is blessed with an extensive and varied coastline. These coastal resources are crucial for the Island's economy, from recreational, fishing and tourism perspectives.
Protecting these important natural resources should be a vital goal of every Long Island elected official:
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- Long Island is particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change, particularly the effects of sea level rise and increased storm intensity. State and local governmental planning agencies need to review and revise as applicable, land use plans and public infrastructure construction standards and building codes to reflect the greater flooding and storm damage that can be expected to occur in the future.
- Create and maintain a recurring community preservation funding stream that can leverage private, county, state and federal matching dollars.
- Preserve Long Island drinking water by purchasing critically located property, particularly in recharge areas.
- Adhere to the list of prioritized parcels in acquiring land with community preservation funds.
- Develop effective storm water/agricultural runoff management programs for key watershed areas throughout Long Island.
- Participate in the development of a countywide sustainable agriculture policy that will promote and preserve the county's agricultural economy and rich heritage.
- In Suffolk County, use Pine Barrens credits more effectively in conjunction with development.