Brookhaven Completes Installation of Geo-Synthetic Liner to Cap Landfill 225

When Completed in Mid-February, 75% of Landfill Will Be Forever Capped and Closed

BROOKHAVEN, NY – Brookhaven officials today announced the completion of a geo-synthetic liner project on top of the Town’s landfill.  The liner covers more than 23-acres of the facility, and with the completion of this project approximately 75 percent of the landfill will be capped and forever closed to receiving any new material.

In 2013, the Brookhaven Town Board rejected a permit sought by the previous administration to expand the height of the landfill by 50 feet.  Instead, the Town began the program of aggressively capping the landfill in preparation for the anticipated final closure of the facility in 2024.  Final work on the capping project, which has resulted in short term, contained odor events, is expected by mid-February.  Since 2012, more than $14.9 million has been spent on the capping projects.  The current capping projects include:

  • 23.3 acres of drainage composite, 40 mill liner and GV Composite
  • 660 vertical linear feet of drilled gas well piping
  • 5,000 linear feet of gas collection piping
  • 10 modified gas collection risers with a total of 30 horizontal gas collection lines
  • 25,000 cubic yards fill layer
  • 50,000 cubic yards barrier protection layer
  • 25,000 cubic yards topsoil layer
  • 30,000 cubic yards sandy loam mix

Brookhaven officials have created a post-closure reserve fund to pay for expenses after the closure of the landfill.  To date, more than $9.8 million has been set aside in a dedicated fund for these costs.  This fund will grow to more than $20 million by the time the landfill closes.  In addition, the Town is pursuing plans to convert the facility into an “Energy Park,” where clean renewable energy production from solar arrays, fuel cells and other means will reduce reliance on fossil fuels and produce an ongoing revenue stream for Town taxpayers.

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Pictured at left are Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management Commissioner Christopher Andrade, Councilman Michael Loguercio and Supervisor Ed Romaine. Pictured at right is the final work being done on the Brookhaven Town Landfill geo-synthetic liner installation.



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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles


Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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