Suffolk School Notebook: Long Island winners
Water Quality Challenge
Cutchogue East Elementary School and Accompsett Middle School in Smithtown received $5,000 grants as winners of the Long Island Regional Planning Council’s 2020 Long Island Water Quality Challenge, which asked student teams to submit project proposals to tackle nitrogen pollution.
Accompsett’s project proposed a native plant and pollinator garden near the school’s entrance that will serve as a “classroom” for how such plants and pollinators — like bats and birds — can reduce the use of chemicals and overwatering.
Cutchogue East’s proposal consisted of a bioretention area on the campus that will use soil, plants and microbes to treat stormwater before it is infiltrated or discharged.