12/09/13 9:00am
12/09/2013 9:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead’s bay constable, Jim Divan, heads to the bay from East Creek in Jamesport Monday morning.

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works is planning to dredge four creeks in Riverhead Town between now and Jan. 15, weather permitting, according to Bill Hillman, the DPW’s chief engineer. Those sites are Meetinghouse Creek in Aquebogue, East Creek in South Jamesport, Hawks Creek in Jamesport (near Great Peconic Bay Marina), and Miamogue Lagoon in Jamesport.

Cases Creek in Aquebogue was also on the list of creeks the county planned to dredge. But the work will have to wait until the new owner of the adjacent Dreamer’s Cove Motel repairs the bulkhead and jetty.

The owner has obtained a state permit to do so, officials said.

“It doesn’t appear that will happen this year, but the other four [creeks] are on our agenda,” Mr. Hillman said. “They will be done toward the end of our dredge season. Riverhead is always the last town we do since we keep the dredge in Riverhead.

Mr. Hillman added that for East Creek and Hawks Creek, “We need to double check and see if they actually need to be dredged.”

In September, county DPW commissioner Gil Anderson asked the Town Board to pay overtime costs for the dredging jobs, estimated to be about $11,300. He made similar requests of other towns, too.

Mr. Anderson said DPW would need to run double shifts working seven days a week to finish the 23 dredging jobs it plans to do countywide with its one dredge within the 107-day dredging season. That season ends Jan. 15 due to environmental constraints pertaining to winter fluke.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said the Town Board has authorized paying for the county overtime.

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07/24/13 3:00pm
07/24/2013 3:00 PM


Five locations across Riverhead Town and Flanders will be treated for mosquito larvae Thursday, county officials announced.

Indian Island in Riverhead, Overlook, Crescent Duck Farm, and Aquebogue Farm in Aquebogue, Iron Point in Flanders and Millar Farm in Jamesport will all be sprayed with Vectobac 12 AS pesticide by helicopter from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

Five locations in Southold Town will also be sprayed: Great Hog Neck, Pine Neck Creek, and Pipes Cove in Southold; Kerwin Boulevard in Greenport; and New Suffolk.

Residents on the North Fork are unlikely to be exposed to the pesticides, which “have no significant human toxicity,” a press release states. Health department officials said the places being sprayed are salt marshes not near residential areas.

The pesticide is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are applied in accordance with the required state and federal permits, county officials said.

Should weather conditions stop the operation, treatment will continue on the next suitable day. Residents don’t need to take precautions against the pesticide, as the helicopter will be flying at “a very low level” over marsh areas.

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at (631) 852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline (631) 852-4939.

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