The Riverhead Town Board has made a momentous and apparently irreversible decision to sell 1,600 acres of EPCAL land at a giveaway price to Calverton Aviation & Technology, completely controlled by the controversial Ghermezian family. The Coalition Against EPCAL Housing opposed that action on behalf of Riverhead’s neighborhood associations and environmental organizations. READ
In December, Bill Toedter, a longtime environmental advocate and president of the North Fork Environmental Council, announced he would be stepping down from the position to move to Arizona.
But as of this month, Mr. Toedter is still in charge of the Mattituck organization.
The North Fork Environmental Council is looking for a new leader.
Bill Toedter, the nonprofit’s president of the last five years, is moving to Arizona and says that for several years, the organization has been having trouble finding new people to fill the volunteer positions. READ
Using an atypical format for a forum on topics ranging from septic tanks to solar energy and single-use plastic bags, the three candidates for Riverhead Town Supervisor presented their positions on environmental issues Monday night. READ
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
Mel Morris (center) works with students, educating them about the local environment. (Credit: Courtesy)
He started the Open Space Stewardship Program and the Day in the Life program at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.
He devotes his time to working with local teachers and students to educate about the outside world surrounding them.
He’s Melvyn “Mel” Morris, North Fork Environmental Council’s Richard Noncarrow Environmentalist of the Year. (more…)
A new Senate bill would prevent Plum Island from being sold to the highest bidder and pave the way for ownership of the mostly undeveloped parcel to be transferred to a federal environmental agency. (more…)
Over the past several weeks, the East End’s waterways have been inundated with toxic red and mahogany tides resulting in die-offs of diamondback terrapin (turtles), bunker and alewives. Our local media have done a good job of not only reporting on these occurrences but also speaking with the experts to explain them. So I was infuriated when Riverhead Supervisor Walter, asked about these die-offs, was quoted as saying that previous rain “may have washed toxins into the water” and quickly backed away from the “toxic” idea, saying later when asked about scientists’ findings, “Yeah, well everybody has their own theory. Mine is that the bluefish are chasing them into the river.”
Yeah, the bluefish are to blame. (more…)