11/23/14 8:00am
11/23/2014 8:00 AM
The sun rising over Orient Harbor in Orient. (Credit: Tim Kelly file photo)

The sun rising over Orient Harbor in Orient. (Credit: Tim Kelly file photo)

Three clean water initiatives with North Fork ties have been granted some significant federal funding as part of a larger effort to protect the Long Island Sound, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Project proposals from the environmental advocacy groups Peconic Green Growth, the Azuero Earth Project and the American Farmland Trust were among 22 awarded to receive a total of $1.3 million. (more…)

11/21/14 8:00am
11/21/2014 8:00 AM
County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. — that state’s only nuclear power plant — and used to help cool systems and support the station’s two operating reactors. After it heats up, about 90 percent of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in, said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and has reached out to researchers at Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric Science, hoping they can determine whether Millstone might be “overheating” the Sound’s waters. (more…)

11/19/14 5:08pm
11/19/2014 5:08 PM
More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The weather is taking North Forkers on a wild ride, as this week saw two consecutive days that each broke recorded weather records.

But there’s hope for some warmer weather to come Monday, weather officials said.

Tuesday brought with it a record low of 24 degrees, surpassing a record of 25 set in 1997, according to daily temperature data taken at the agency’s weather station in Islip, according to the National Weather Service.

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11/18/14 3:38pm
11/18/2014 3:38 PM

The image on the kiosk at Hallockville Museum Farm in Northville. Looking at it you can see through the window and line the nuclear power plants with the existing wooded horizon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Tom Twomey, the founder and senior partner of the largest law firm on the East End, as well as an influential figure in politics, died suddenly at his home in East Hampton on Sunday. He was 68.

Mr. Twomey led the fight against the Long Island Lighting Company’s proposal to build four nuclear power plants on the East End, including in Northville, in 1977 while he worked for the Long Island Farm Bureau..

In 2011, he wrote this column for The Riverhead News-Review detailing that fight against the nuclear power plant:

If it weren’t for the tenacity and courage of a small band of North Fork farmers, some of whom have been working the land here for generations, all of us — on both forks — would be living in the shadow of nuclear plants with the same design as the destroyed plants that are devastating Japan.  (more…)

11/17/14 10:00am
11/17/2014 10:00 AM
This shot was found shot with an arrow in July 2011 in Riverhead. It was treated and released back into the wild that September.

This swan was found shot with an arrow in Riverhead in July 2011. It was treated and released back into the wild that September. The person who shot it was never found.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a new hotline for the public to report wildlife and environmental crimes.

The toll-free number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). The 24-hour hotline connects callers to a DEC police dispatcher, according to a press release.

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11/12/14 5:30pm
11/12/2014 5:30 PM
A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

While lawmakers have proposed legislation to deal with deteriorating water quality such as mandating the use of costly wastewater treatment systems, one East End legislator has an idea for how to go about paying for such initiatives.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) has proposed using a portion of monies raised in the Community Preservation Fund, a law passed 16 years ago which taxes real estate transfers on the first East End towns.

Revenue from the CPF has been devoted strictly to open space purchases, protecting land from development in the towns.

But Mr. Thiele — the same lawmaker who sponsored the original CPF legislation — said it is time to use some of that money for water treatment systems and other clean water projects.

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11/09/14 8:00am
11/09/2014 8:00 AM
Paul Stoutenburgh was honored on Saturday during a memorial service titled 'Focus on Paul.' (Cyndi Murray photo)

Paul Stoutenburgh was honored on Saturday during a memorial service titled ‘Focus on Paul.’ (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Paul Stoutenburgh wore lots of hats.

Perhaps best known for his work pioneering conservationism on the North Fork, the celebrated environmentalist most valued his role as a husband, father and friend, his son, Roger Stoutenburgh, said during a memorial service held for his father Saturday.    (more…)

11/07/14 1:17pm
11/07/2014 1:17 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.

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