New York State has three regional water management compacts* working to protect and manage the river-based surface water resources beyond Long Island. The compacts provide science-based, day-to-day oversight and management necessary to assure that the surface waters are available to a wide array of water needs and users - - industry, agriculture, manufacturing, municipal drinking water, fisheries, wildlife, and all other stakeholders of the region.
Long Island is in need of a similar regional water management structure that is independent of special interests, staffed by groundwater experts and professionals, to provide scientifically rigorous management of the groundwater stored beneath the island.
A Long Island Aquifer Management Compact will have the administrative and legal authority of other compacts to provide services such as:
The Long Island Aquifer Management Compact will:
A. Be founded on scientific and professional best practices.
B. Provide proactive, comprehensive oversight of the entire L.I. aquifer system.
C. Be independent, self-supporting and not reliant on any level of government for funding.
* The three regional river-basin compacts in New York State are:
The Delaware River-basin Compact;
The Susquehanna River-basin Compact; and
The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River-basin Compact.