Federal funds have been allocated for a restoration project at Cedar Beach, Congressman Lee Zeldin announced last Friday.
According to a Habitat Restoration Plan prepared by the Peconic Estuary Program last year, the project will restore ecosystem features in a “degraded” marsh area that has faced erosion challenges. READ
Southold Town has received additional state funding for the Bay to Sound trail project. On Tuesday, the Town Board approved a resolution accepting $171,963.07 in state grant money, and two other project-related resolutions.
“We received grants two years in a row for different parts of the project,” said John Sepenoski of the town’s geographic information systems. READ
Residents across New York will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on a regulated marijuana program over the next two months. READ
One company, the Sackler family’s Purdue Pharma, has played a critical role in instigating an epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States that killed 72,000 Americans last year — more people than perished at the peak of the HIV epidemic or died in car wrecks or shootings last year.
Even now — as the failure to recognize opioid addiction as a chronic disease rather than a moral failing, and limits on insurance coverage keep people from long-term treatment — the painkiller industry is spending nine times more on lobbying to fight regulation than is spent by the powerful gun lobby. READ
Keep looking up at towers and telephone poles and you will see more osprey than in years past as the population of young osprey on the North Fork has grown by about 50 percent over the last five years.
According to the Group for the East End, there were 198 active nests across the East End in 2014 and 301 active nests in 2018, resulting in a 47 percent increase of young produced over the five-year span. Additionally, The North Fork also has the densest population of breeding osprey, specifically in Southold Town.
Mosquito samples taken in Southold, Jamesport and Aquebogue tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Suffolk County Health Department. The samples — collected between Aug. 13 and Aug. 19 — were among 18 to test positive across Suffolk County. READ
Teenagers under the age of 18 will now have to rely on the sun to maintain their tan. Legislation signed last Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo now bans them from using indoor tanning facilities. READ
The Peconic Land Trust is seeking state grant funding to help revitalize trails at the Wolf Preserve in Southold.
The 23-acre preserve off Main Bayview Road is home to two hiking trails, which the organization is hoping to eventually connect. READ
On your mark, get set, paddle!
More than 75 kayakers plan to drop their boats in the waters off Orient Beach State Park Saturday, Aug. 18, for a display of activism. The feat of endurance will see paddlers from both New York and Connecticut taking a stand against the commercial sale and development of Plum Island. READ
Oyster fisheries won the battle with recreational boaters over leasing space in Suffolk County waters, despite heated comments at a recent hearing against the approval of any new aquaculture leases. READ