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WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) Suffolk County is seeking nearly $1 billion in Superstorm Sandy recovery aid for a sewage treatment project designed to help restore wetlands and marshes.

County Executive Steve Bellone says coastal vegetation serves as a protective barrier for tens of thousands of homes along the South Shore of Long Island. He says nitrogen pollution also affects surface water and drinking water.

According to Newsday (http://bit.ly/1gXJeGD ), the money would be used to extend sewers to 12,000 homes along the South Shore and repair an outflow pipe from the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant.

Suffolk County has submitted a pre-application with the governor's Office of Storm Recovery.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com