For centuries, alewife — a silver-scaled herring-like fish — return to Riverhead’s Peconic River estuary to spawn, making it as far as Grangebel Park to lay their eggs. But a series of dams set up decades ago to promote industry and agriculture halted the fish’s annual migration from traveling the rest of the journey up the Peconic River. READ
While you weren’t looking, the Environmental Protection Agency held two unadvertised “hearings” on dumping Connecticut dredged spoils into eastern Long Island Sound. Both were held May 25 in Riverhead and at the Mattituck-Laurel Library. All attendees spoke against this plan.
That the Environmental Protection Agency appears ready to allow dumping of materials dug up from dredging in Long Island Sound didn’t come as a surprise to environmentalist Adrienne Esposito. READ
Visitors to the North Fork next year may find new sculptures of wildlife made of untraditional materials — say, a jellyfish with fishing line as tentacles or a sea turtle whose shell is made of green sea glass. READ
Should the federal government allow dumping of materials into the Long Island Sound? Here’s your chance to share your thoughts.
Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski state and town officials and environmental advocates are calling for an end to the dumping of potentially toxic materials from dredging operations into Long Island Sound. READ
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
New construction and any big renovation projects on Long Island would need to incorporate modern waste treatment systems to better filter nitrogen and keep it from reaching ground and surface waters.
Registered pesticides that appear in groundwater in “multiple clusters” would be “prohibit[ed] for use.”
And, starting in 2017, no one would be allowed to repair cesspools in certain “priority areas” of Nassau or Suffolk counties. Those people would instead have to install denitrification systems. (more…)
Screen shot image of the updated EPA Citizen Science website
Residents interested in environmental issues now have a new informational tool to help them plan experiments, research and collect data — the Environmental Protection Agency’s Citizen Science website.
The website, which had already previously existed, is now updated with detailed information about air, water, and soil monitoring; including recommendations for equipment and resources to aid in research areas specific to New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which make up EPA Region 2, according to the state agency.
“The EPA encourages the public to use the new website as a tool in furthering their scientific investigations and developing solutions to pollution problems.” said Judith Enck, regional administrator at the EPA in a press release. “Citizen Science is an increasingly important part of the EPA’s commitment to using sound science and technology to protect people’s health and safeguard the environment.”
Visitors can also get information on funding opportunities that can be applied for — both government sponsored grants and commercially funded grants. It also includes testimonials from other citizen scientists about experiments successfully completed within the region, according to the site.
If anyone in the area is pursing a Citizen Science project of their own, we would like to hear about it. Please contact environmental reporter Carrie Miller at the address below.