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January 26, 2017

Exploratory well drilling on Long Island has begun, and is planned to continue through the summer. The drilling will better define the aquifer system, track saltwater encroachment, and inform a new groundwater-flow model for the Island.

Knowledge of the effects of land use and water use on groundwater resources is critical for understanding the sustainability of Long Island’s sole source aquifer system. The 5-1/2 year, $6.5 million cooperative project with New York State leverages regional NAWQA studies to inform management and protection of the Island’s sole source of drinking water.