Hauppauge Springs, located on the south side of Veterans Memorial Highway, across from the Suffolk County Center, is one of several
headwater systems to the Nissequogue River (see map). It got its name from the freshwater that bubbles up from the ground here, the source of the water being groundwater from the Upper Glacial Aquifer. This water flows through a wooded area north into a small pond next to the highway, then into Blydenburgh Pond and the river before eventually emptying into Long Island Sound. The Hauppauge Springs area is dominated by wetlands including a small but important Atlantic White Cedar grove, one of only four known sites for the tree that remain in western Suffolk County. Residential development in the headwaters of the river could create adverse water quality impacts.
Acquisition of land in the Hauppauge Springs area has been an open space priority for Seatuck and we’re pleased to report that Suffolk County recently purchased two properties here, totaling 6.46 acres. Seatuck's John Turner played a key role in the acquisitions, speaking in support of the acquisition before the Suffolk County Legislature and working with the property owner to support the County’s purchase of her property, which had been in her family for more than 90 years. Seatuck also worked with Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy to remove three truckloads of concrete debris on the property that was the final hurdle to the acquisition (the material was delivered to a concrete recycling firm in Kings Park!)
The County is in contract to purchase another 8.4-acre tract in the Hauppauge Springs area which Seatuck strongly supports. Seatuck supports this acquisition and will speak before the Legislature at the appropriate time.
We’ll keep you up-to-date in our efforts to protect this small, beautiful, and ecologically meaningful part of Long Island.