Kevin McDonald remembers 1985, when brown tide was first detected in Peconic Bay. He was recently married, and he and his wife had purchased snorkels and face masks to explore the bay, where the water color was a “light-colored coffee” and it was hard to see six inches in front of their faces.
When North Fork Animal Welfare League executive director Gillian Wood Pultz received a report Monday about an osprey floundering in the middle of Wickham Creek in Cutchogue, her initial thought was that it had become tangled in fishing wire. That’s usually the case. READ
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily banned harvesting marine gastropods, including whelk, conch and moonsnails, in Deep Hole Creek in Mattituck effective Thursday, May 4, according a DEC press release. READ
Over the past year, Southold Town’s engineering department has had “unprecedented” access to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s shellfish lab, allowing for additional water quality testing that could show some previously closed water bodies will be suitable for shellfishing, according to town engineer Michael Collins.
Suffolk County officials will hold a town hall Monday night in Flanders for East End residents seeking more information on a proposed septic improvement program that would allow some homeowners to receive a grant toward replacing old wastewater systems with new technology.
As phragmites plants continue to spread throughout Great Pond in Southold, the Kenney’s-McCabe’s Beach Civic Association is seeking help from the town to address the problem before the invasive species overtakes the pond.
Southold is the first small municipality on Long Island to be named a Clean Energy Community, the town announced last week.
The designation from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority acknowledges the town’s efforts to reduce energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally, according to a press release from the town.