The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Peconic Land Trust (PLT), and town of Brookhaven have announced the acquisition of a parcel of land in the hamlet of Moriches that will help protect Long Island’s groundwater, the sole drinking water source for millions of residents.
PLT paid $660,000 for the 13.2-acre parcel in Moriches near the headwaters of the Forge River. DEC grant funding covered approximately three-quarters of the acquisition costs, and PLT partnered with the town of Brookhaven to cover the 25 percent local match for this parcel.
Funding for the acquisition comes from a $2.3 million DEC Water Quality Improvement Project grant awarded in December 2017 to PLT for implementation of a Regional Aquifer Protection Land Acquisition Program. The property was identified by the town of Brookhaven as a priority for conservation.
Photo of Moriches Aquifer provided by DEC.