12/30/17 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Wind farm development was a key story in 2017.

KARL GROSSMAN PHOTO Wind farm development was a key story in 2017.

As 2017 comes to an end, three major events stand out this pastyear in Suffolk County: the election results of last month, the indictment of long-time Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota and the beginnings of offshore wind development.

It was an important election here for women and a breakthrough for African-Americans with Errol Toulon, Jr. elected as sheriff, becoming the first black to win a (non-judicial) countywide post. (more…)

12/10/17 3:00pm

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The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection will hold a meeting next week to consider a “Draft Groundwater Management Plan.” It’s a massive — 321 pages — and major element involving what I’ve been writing about in this space for the past two weeks: the water crisis. (more…)

11/29/17 12:00pm
BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

Sewage treatment plants all over Long Island are discharging wastewater into bays, creeks, rivers, the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. This reduces the quantity of our freshwater supply, which comes from the underground water table. (more…)

11/25/17 3:00pm
PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

Suffolk County government has, at long last, embraced the “advanced” wastewater treatment systems that remove substantial amounts of nitrogen that leach from traditional cesspools. (more…)