12/06/14 8:00am
12/06/2014 8:00 AM
Paul Squire file photo  |  When the Riverhead Sewer District is able to upgrade its facility off Riverside Drive, the water being currently treated at the plant would then be pumped through a new, high-tech filtration system before reaching Peconic Bay.

When the Riverhead Sewer District finishes its plant upgrade its facility off Riverside Drive, the water being currently treated at the plant would then be pumped through a new, high-tech filtration system before reaching Peconic Bay. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Mechanical failure led to Riverhead Town’s sewage treatment plant dumping  improperly treated sewage into the Peconic River on three different occasions last month, according to the Suffolk County health department.

Michael Reichel, the town’s sewer plant superintendent, confirmed Friday the plant exceeded the amount of fecal coliform bacteria it is permitted to discharge into the Peconic on Nov. 26, as well as two other days in November, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19.

The town has not been issued a violation “yet”, Mr. Reichel said.

Another incident occurred in August.

 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Violation to the town Thursday, saying the town had until Jan. 5 to respond with a corrective action plan, said Aphrodite Montalvo, a DEC spokeswoman.

The town could be fined up to $37,500 for each incident, Mr. Reichel said.

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12/05/14 8:00am
12/05/2014 8:00 AM
Houseboat owner Michael Evers with his puppy Tallulah. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Houseboat owner Michael Evers with his puppy Tallulah. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

While homeowners across the East End await word of potentially costly water quality regulations, houseboat owners within Riverhead Town are already trying to protect the area’s waters.

For one docked resident, however, the cost of doing so is too high — and it might force him to leave his home. (more…)

11/14/14 10:30am
11/14/2014 10:30 AM
Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

One thing was made clear as Riverhead Town Board members again discussed regulating flyboarding — a new water sport — on the Peconic River Thursday morning: flyboarding and the town, they said, weren’t a good fit. (more…)

11/13/14 10:55am
11/13/2014 10:55 AM

A Riverhead man led police on a chase along the Peconic riverfront early Thursday after he allegedly carjacked a woman’s vehicle at a nearby gas station and then tried to push the car into the river, state police said.

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Michael Booker mug shot (Credit: New York State police)

A woman ran to the state police barracks in Riverside about 1:45 a.m. to report that her vehicle, a 2008 Nissan, was just stolen by force at the Valero Gas Station in the Riverside traffic circle, according to a police news release. Troopers searched the area and found a man — later identified as 29-year-old Michael Booker — trying to push the stolen vehicle into the Peconic River from the rear parking lot of the McDonalds on Flanders Road, police said.

Mr. Booker tried to run away on foot, and was “quickly apprehended,” according to the news release.

He was arrested and charged with felony robbery, felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and harassment, a violation. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and held in Suffolk County jail without bail, police said.

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09/28/14 9:50am
Sean Peyton, 8, of Riverhead with neighbor Willie Walker. (Photos by Katharine Schroeder)

Sean Peyton, 8, of Riverhead with neighbor Willie Walker. (Photos by Katharine Schroeder)

The Riverhead recreation department held its 17th annual snapper tournament along the Peconic riverfront on Saturday morning.

Because of the recent rains, the fish weren’t biting as much as in years past, but several people managed to hook a snapper or two. The fish were measured and thrown back into the water.  (more…)

09/06/14 8:00am
09/06/2014 8:00 AM
Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Since it launched earlier this summer in the Peconic River behind Treasure Cove Marina, Flyboard Long Island has been issued more than 20 summonses by Riverhead Town, which claims the use violates state navigation laws and other statute. (more…)

08/31/14 11:00am
08/31/2014 11:00 AM
Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead's West Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead’s West Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

In an effort to spur forward movement on lots along the Peconic River, Riverhead Town is expected to apply for a special Department of Environmental Conservation classification for acreage on West Main Street. (more…)