07/14/15 1:36pm
07/14/2015 1:36 PM
Piping plovers, like this one, were at the center of a heated threat to one environmentalist. (Credit: Tom Reichart, file)

Piping plovers, like this one, were at the center of a heated threat to one environmentalist. (Credit: Tom Reichart, file)

How much does one Southold Town homeowner care about keeping fencing for endangered bird species’ nests off their beachfront property? Enough to threaten to kill an environmentalist to keep them away, according to an allegation made at Tuesday morning’s Southold Town Board meeting. (more…)

07/07/15 1:40pm
07/07/2015 1:40 PM
Robert DeLuca, CEO of Group for the East End, speaks at a public hearing Monday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Robert DeLuca, CEO of Group for the East End, speaks at a public hearing Monday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Mattituck Inlet has already been designated as an “impaired watershed” by the Department of Environmental Conservation, but neighbors and environmentalists are worried that a proposed subdivision for one of the few remaining open spaces near the inlet will only make things worse. (more…)

05/15/15 8:00am
We all know the Long Island Expressway doesn't lead to Greenport and Orient — this is actually a Route 58 sign — but what you might not know is that throughout the 1950s and 1960s many local officials hoped it would. (Credit: Grant Parpan photo illustration)

We all know the Long Island Expressway doesn’t lead to Greenport and Orient — this is actually a Route 58 sign — but what you might not know is that throughout the 1950s and 1960s many local officials hoped it would. (Credit: Grant Parpan photo illustration)

Driving to the end of the Long Island Expressway and exiting onto the western edge of Route 58, Riverhead’s commercial capital, it’s difficult to imagine that a plan once called for the island’s longest road to extend into Southold Town.

But drawn on a map titled “Expressway Plan 1959 County Planning Board” are two thick red lines that run from the Riverhead Town line to Old North Road in Orient. One line indicates eastbound Long Island Expressway traffic. The other shows traffic lanes heading west.  (more…)

01/07/15 2:00pm
01/07/2015 2:00 PM
 Plum Island (Credit: file)

Plum Island. (Credit: Times/Review, file)

An advocacy group is threatening a lawsuit against two federal agencies in the latest attempt to halt the public sale of Plum Island, claiming officials have failed to protect endangered species inhabiting the isle.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, along with the Long Island version Save the Sound, issued notice Monday to the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration — the two agencies that oversee the island — of an intent to sue under violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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11/07/14 1:15pm
11/07/2014 1:15 PM
Suffolk County health department workers have done extensive groundwater quality testing near the former Grumman plant in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Suffolk health department workers have done extensive groundwater testing near the former Grumman plant in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

In an attempt to further safeguard funding for Suffolk County’s Drinking Water Protection Program, County legislators have proposed a new law to ensure certain federal reimbursements for fund expenditures are deposited back into the program.

According to Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), a portion of Drinking Water Protection Program money goes toward paying the salaries of certain county employees, positions that are also eligible for state and federal reimbursements.

(more…)

10/29/14 8:00am
10/29/2014 8:00 AM
Group for the East End's Missy Weiss prepares soil with Victoria Witczak, 9, of Cutchogue, and her sister Julianna, 3, last weekend at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue.

Missy Weiss running an educational class at Downs Farm Preserve in April with the help of Victoria Witczak, 9, of Cutchogue, and her sister Julianna, 3. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Group for the East End appears poised to receive funding from Southold Town that will support educational programs at Downs Farm Preserve, a town-owned park in Cutchogue.

As of now, $20,000 is included in the town’s preliminary 2015 budget for the nonprofit, which runs the programs.

“It is a nature preserve and the goal is to use it,” Supervisor Scott Russell said during last Tuesday’s Town Board work session. “This use is completely consistent with the intentions of acquiring properties like this that showcase Southold Town’s natural assets.” (more…)

09/04/14 8:00am
09/04/2014 8:00 AM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Considering the disappointing numbers reported last week from the controversial deer cull that took place earlier this year, a call is going out to get all stakeholders — especially environmentalists — involved as state and regional authorities regroup and figure out a plan to tackle Suffolk County’s overpopulated deer herds.  (more…)

06/14/14 10:10am
06/14/2014 10:10 AM
Debbie Slack, of Catapano Dairy Farm, introduces a 10 day old goat to Southold Elementary School students. (Carrie Miller photos)

Debbie Slack, of Catapano Dairy Farm, introduces a 10-day-old goat to Southold Elementary School students. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Lessons about goats, flounder, and edible plants were among the many facets of nature on display at the Southold Elementary School’s gymnasium Friday morning, where students gathered for an Earthfest Celebration organized by the school’s Shared Decision Making Team. (more…)

06/13/14 10:00am
06/13/2014 10:00 AM
Jonathan Nyilas, 9, of Cutchogue and Gabriel Perez Colombo, 8, of Cutchogue have helped to protect piping plovers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Jonathan Nyilas, 9, of Cutchogue and Gabriel Perez Colombo, 8, of Cutchogue have helped to protect piping plovers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

North Fork children have teamed up to help protect the piping plover, a seaside bird so tiny it often goes unnoticed by beachgoers.

Every April through August, these federally threatened — and in New York State, endangered — birds nest on the bare sand of local beaches, where they’re subjected to weather fluctuations, natural predators and people and their pets.  (more…)

04/23/14 8:00am
04/23/2014 8:00 AM
A view of the Peconic Bay in Greenport. (Cyndi Murray photo)

A view of the Peconic Bay in Greenport. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

A local water quality action group and Southold Town are partnering to streamline local policies on water quality in hopes of putting more comprehensive measures in place to improve the health of the North Fork’s watershed. (more…)