05/12/16 3:00pm
05/12/2016 3:00 PM

Hundreds of bunker, their mouths yawning open as they gape for oxygenated water and to clean their gills, were filmed swimming in the Peconic River Wednesday.

It’s a sign that a harmful algal bloom, known as mahogany tide, could soon cause another large fish kill in the river. 
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06/01/15 6:00am
06/01/2015 6:00 AM
Bunker fish at Nassau Point Sunday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Bunker fish on Nassau Point Sunday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Bunker fish lined the bay shores of Southold Town Sunday morning, days after the latest massive fish kill reports in Riverhead and Southampton towns.  (more…)

02/25/15 12:00pm
02/25/2015 12:00 PM
Kevin McAllister, founder of Defend H20, and Councilwoman Louisa Evans at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Kevin McAllister, founder of Defend H20, and Councilwoman Louisa Evans at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Wastewater management advocacy group Defend H2O is urging the Southold Town Board to follow in the footsteps of Brookhaven Town and adopt more stringent sewer discharge regulations.

Board members, however, say Brookhaven’s law may not be the solution for Southold.  (more…)

10/22/14 8:00am
10/22/2014 8:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s no Mega Millions, but 19 Suffolk County homeowners will soon hit the lottery in a county drawing to test new wastewater treatment systems.

Suffolk County officials are seeking homeowners willing to offer their properties as testing sites for advanced wastewater treatment systems, in hopes of finding a system suitable for use in individual homes.  (more…)

06/28/14 10:00am
06/28/2014 10:00 AM
(Credit: The Nature Conservancy)

This map uses pie charts to break down the various sources and levels of nitrogen pollution found in the Peconic Estuary from Calverton to Montauk and Orient. Click on map to enlarge. (Credit: The Nature Conservancy)

The Nature Conservancy released a report last week on the various ways nitrogen finds its way from the air and land and into surface waters throughout the Peconic Estuary.

The report’s data shows that causes of nitrogen pollution vary significantly across the East End.

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