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
Hundreds of bunker, their mouths yawning open as they gape for oxygenated water and to clean their gills, were filmed swimming in the Peconic River Wednesday.
It’s a sign that a harmful algal bloom, known as mahogany tide, could soon cause another large fish kill in the river. READ
A few times a year, the riverfront parking lot in downtown Riverhead floods during high tide. Sometimes it happens during hurricane season. Other times, it occurs in the middle of winter.
The impact of that flooding can range from the closure of part of Heidi Behr Way, which runs alongside the riverwalk, to the forced evacuation of the entire parking lot.
“It’s part of living on a riverfront,” said Supervisor Sean Walter.
But 13 years after the town’s comprehensive plan called for finding solutions to the flooding, no major effort has been made to address the issue. READ
North Fork beaches had some less-than-ideal visitors this summer: thousands of dead bunker fish. READ
Residents should stay out of the Peconic River this week, after wastewater that didn’t meet healthy standards was discharged from the Riverhead sewage plant, Suffolk County health officials said Tuesday. READ
A proposed five-story, 45-unit affordable apartment building on West Main Street received preliminary site plan approval from the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday night — but that approval came with 26 conditions, including one that requires that the Riverhead Fire Chief be satisfied that the building has sufficient emergency access along the rear of the building, which abuts the Peconic River on 11 West Main St. READ
WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Flickr/Oko Zoko
WaterFire officials will hold their first public outreach event Saturday night to gather input from the community about establishing an installation on the Peconic River. (more…)
Dead fish washed ashore at the Riverhead Yacht Club. (Courtesy photo)
Word of thousands of dead fish washing up on local shores might seem like old news at this point, but another drop in oxygen levels in local waters, coupled with a migration of bunker up the Peconic River resulted in yet another, separate fish kill over the weekend. (more…)