08/23/14 3:00pm
08/23/2014 3:00 PM
Rust tide caused by Cochlodinium in Peconic Estuary in 2012. (Credit: Bill Portlock)

Rust tide caused by Cochlodinium in Peconic Estuary in 2012. (Credit: Bill Portlock)

If you’re a resident in one of the five eastern towns surrounding the Peconic Estuary, the nonprofit Peconic Green Growth wants to hear from you to better understand area wastewater practices. (more…)

08/13/14 8:00am
08/13/2014 8:00 AM
Rust tide. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Researchers are testing the the Long Neck Royal Canal to see if rust tide, a harmful algal bloom, has emerged in Flanders. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

For the first time this season, rust tide has been detected in the Peconic Estuary, experts confirmed Tuesday.

Chris Gobler, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University and leader of the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance, said the harmful algal bloom has been detected in East Creek, on the north side of Flanders Bay in South Jamesport. (more…)

08/28/13 10:00am
08/28/2013 10:00 AM

FILE PHOTO | Greenport is among the municipalities funding the new Peconic Estuary committee.

Greenport is joining at least three other neighboring municipalities to help fund a committee aimed at protecting the Peconic Estuary.

The Peconic Estuary,  one of 28 nationally protected estuaries, consists of bodies of water between the North and South Forks. The estuary includes Flanders Bay, Great Peconic Bay, Little Peconic Bay, Shelter Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay.  The major sources of fresh water to the estuary are the Peconic River and groundwater seepage.

The East End municipalities will pay for the Peconic Estuary committee to improve water quality, reduce pollution reduction and comply with federal regulations.

It would also allow municipalities to apply for grants jointly.

According to the agreement, the village voted to provide the committee with $3,000 in annual contributions towards the effort.

Southold, East Hampton and Brookhaven towns have already signed the agreement. Shelter Island, Dering Harbor, Riverhead, North Haven, Southampton and Suffolk County have been asked to join as well.

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