Long Island waters are dirtier, but there’s hope

Bad news is never fun to hear, but sometimes you need to hear it.

That’s the case with the recent report on water quality around Long Island. The conclusion: It’s not good, and it’s getting worse.

The analysis from Stony Brook University Professor Chris Gobler and the Long Island Clean Water Partnership might be depressing, but it also shows the necessity of the many good steps taken recently by local and state officials to start cleaning Long Island’s waters. But it also counsels patience. It took the region a long time and decades of polluting to get to the impaired state it’s in; it’s going to take time and effort for the new initiatives to make things right.