LIBN Op-Ed — Sewers: Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy
January 19, 2024 | E. Christopher Murray | Environmental

On January 18, Long Island Business News published Chris Murray’s opinion piece, “Sewers: Good for the Environment, Good for the Economy.”

Here is the full text.

Not often is a policy initiative good for both the environment and business. Sewer expansion is one of those initiatives. The development of sewer systems in Suffolk County would not

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New Residential Developments Depend on Water Conservation Strategies
July 17, 2023 | E. Christopher Murray | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use | Environmental

While demand for new housing in the United States is strong, the ability to meet this demand is hampered by lack of water resources. This is especially true in states experiencing population growth such as Florida and Texas. Any proposal to develop new residential housing must include water conservation measures to assure there will be

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Murray: Zoning boards are the environment’s first line of defense
July 7, 2023 | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use | Environmental

Zoning boards have a difficult job. They must walk a narrow gauntlet between potentially killing a development project before it has begun by not allowing necessary variances and allowing harm to the environment that could be caused by the project.

Traditionally zoning boards focused on such issues as traffic, parking and whether a proposed project

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Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Clean Water Act
June 2, 2023 | Environmental

In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, decided at the end of May, the Supreme Court substantially reduced the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The issue before the Court was how far the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could go in utilizing the CWA to regulate activities on land.

The CWA prohibits the discharge of

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