Clean Water East Hampton Program

Clean Water East Hampton
Community Preservation Fund Water Quality Improvement

Since its inception in 1999, the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF), a two-percent real estate transfer tax for land acquisition for open space, farmland, and historic preservation, as well as recreational purposes, has raised over $1 billion to protect over 10,000 acres of land on the East End of Long Island. In November 2016, a referendum was passed in the five east end towns of Long Island to extend the CPF through 2050 and to allow up to 20 percent of its proceeds to be used for water quality initiatives annually.

The primary purpose is to improve water quality and preserve community character by implementing best management practices, restoring degraded habitats, improving stormwater management techniques and upgrading conventional sanitary systems with innovative alternatives to reduce nitrogen loading within priority watersheds. The need for improvements stem from both the designated impairments in local watersheds and from local and regional initiatives to reduce pollutant inputs to our surface and groundwater. These initiatives emphasize the need for local management of target pollutants within the watersheds of East Hampton in order to improve water quality and restore beneficial uses.

The Town of East Hampton intends to use its CPF resources wisely and to systematically approach the nitrogen problem and other pollutants of concern in high priority areas by concentrating first on Reduction tactics (upgrading of systems to require treatment before disposal into the ground) and then considering Remediation (treatment in groundwater) and Restoration tactics (treatment in waterbody), where such projects are reviewed and found to be appropriate and cost effective. These components represent the best use of CPF funding to improve water quality in East Hampton. Proposed projects will address existing sources of pollution and will not promote new development to achieve a net reduction in pollutants entering surface waters.

Round 1: Request for Applications – Water Quality Improvement Program Grant ApplicationApplications Available: June 14, 2019
Applications Due: August 15, 2019

 The Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee (“the Committee”) has established this bi-annual process to allow for applicants outside of the Town of East Hampton government wishing to obtain grant funding for a water quality improvement project to be considered. Applications will be accepted starting on June 14, 2019 through August 15, 2019 at 4PM. Once the application window closes all applications received will be reviewed and rated by the Committee and recommendations for grant awards will be presented to the Town Board for funding allocations.

  • POST WQIP RFA – Grant Application

Please direct all questions and completed applications to Mellissa in the Natural Resources Department at or 631-324-0496.