Long Island used to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the nation. Beautiful forests of Pine used to cover much of the eastern 2/3 of the island. But now that's all gone. Our aquifers are now polluted with the consequences of overdevelopment. Our Pine Forests, often referred to as "Pine Barrens" are so broken up by development, the natural ecosystems and shaping force of fire are interrupted. Politicians and environmental groups will often pat themselves on the back for a "job well done". But really very little has been preserved. In comparison to the Pinelands of Southern New Jersey, the Long Island Pine Barrens region is like 1/50th the size. The largest unbroken forest on Long Island is just under 6,000 acres! And the building just keeps going on. Unlike in southern NJ, where Counties and towns are always preserving new land every year, open space purchases are often at a turtle's pace here on LI. Riverhead is one such town negatively impacted by overdevelopment. Long after Tanger Outlets the development along Route 58 continues. It seems the Town of Riverhead is intent in not having one tree left standing in that corridor. Small parcels of Pine Barrens which remain will be gone for good real soon, as plans for yet more stores are built. Meanwhile the traffic from tourists is choking the roads, crime is skyrocketing as the illegal alien population brought here for these low wage jobs, brings gangs, prostitution, among other things into town. This is happening all across what used to be LI's last remaining area of peace. Well it will be no more fairly soon. Long Island will remain one of the best examples of poor planning and overdevelopment in this nation and perhaps the world. Don't make the same mistake!
In: Regional News
Tags: Long Island, Suffolk County, Riverhead, Pine Barrens, Walmart, development, earth, traffic, news, politics, amper, walter, pinelands, environment, water, pollution
Location: Riverhead, New York, United States (load item map)
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