SEQR Activities

The New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Act requires that environmental protection, human and community resources and economic factors must all be considered before a state or local agency decides to approve, undertake or fund a project that may affect the environment. The SEQR process requires that a comprehensive assessment of proposed actions be completed in order to avoid or reduce any significant negative environmental impacts that may result, while meeting the social and economic needs of the community.

Establishment of a new sanitary sewer district in one or more of the critical areas of need is anticipated to be categorized as a Type I action under SEQR, because implementation of a sanitary sewer system has the potential to result in significant environmental impact. Type I actions require careful evaluation of potential impacts. To address the potential for environmental impact, the County is preparing a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) concurrently with the sewering feasibility studies. Sanitary sewering would be implemented based on the resulting beneficial impacts to the environment.  The GEIS will identify the potential positive and negative impacts of sewering along with potential mitigating measures. The GEIS will also provide the framework for subsequent area-specific Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements for any areas where construction of sanitary sewers is proposed.

Meetings and Events

Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality – GEIS Scoping Meeting
Date: July 26, 2011, 6:30 PM
Brookhaven Town Hall
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, New York

SEQR Documents