AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Blue-green algae on the surface of Fresh Pond .
“The press keeps reporting that Florida’s red tide is a ‘naturally occurring phenomenon.’ This is wrong,” declared Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “The hundred miles of dangerous red tide is caused by too much nitrogen!”
“Take heed Long Island. This is a wake-up call,” said Ms. Esposito, whose environmental organization is based in Farmingdale. “Let’s not hit the snooze button.”
What are the connections between the algal blooms that have been striking this area and those that are devastating much of Florida’s waters? (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) right, with Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine Friday at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) was joined by other East End officials for a press conference Friday denouncing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s plan to make 90 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf open to oil and gas drilling. (more…)
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…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
The Suffolk County Legislature adopted a new law last week requiring retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag.
If County Executive Steve Bellone approves the legislation, the law will go into effect January 1, 2018. Mr. Bellone did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his office told Newsday he will likely sign the bill. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Plum Island Lighthouse remains in poor condition with no money forthcoming for restoration.
A report released last week by the Department of Homeland Security outlining alternatives to selling Plum Island to the highest bidder has come under criticism from environmental groups. (more…)