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REPORTER FILE PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel announced there will be no August meeting and no participation in the August 22 Green Expo.

Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel announced there will be no August meeting and no participation in the August 22 Green Expo.

The Deer & Tick Committee that has, at recent meetings, complained about an inability to get information out to the public about efforts it’s making to curb tick-borne diseases, is taking a recess this  summer. (more…)

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COURTESY PHOTO Ready to gobble up your old records is this shredder from A Shred Away, Inc. that will be at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Ready to gobble up your old records is this shredder from A Shred Away that will be at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Whether you’re a packrat who has been collecting old papers, records and notes for years or just looking to get rid of the latest bits of detritus that have accumulated in your house since last year’s Green Expo, A Shred Away of West Islip will be at Shelter Island’s Recycling Center Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make short shrift of the job. (more…)

05/29/13 3:21pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island Town Hall.

The Town Board’s Tuesday work session opened with a demonstration of the new audiovisual system installed by Councilman Peter Reich in the meeting room.

It’s 21st century high-tech compared to the old system it replaces, with crystal clear images in high definition, readable text and wireless control from anywhere in the room.

It was used for the first time by Town Attorney Laury Dowd presenting the board with results from a survey taken at the Green Expo two weeks ago. Called the “Green Fair Homeowner Outreach,” only 24 residents filled out the lengthy form offered at the fair. But Ms. Dowd said it represented a broad spectrum of residents, ranging in age from people 15 years old to those who described themselves as “very old.”

About 70 percent of respondents made decisions on their home and lawn care, and six out of 10 were male. About five percent owned property of  a quarter acre or less, 40 percent owned an acre to less than five acres and 20 percent owned more than five acres.

When it came to septic systems, 76 percent said they had one, 14 percent didn’t, and nine percent didn’t know.

As for activities, most Islander’s preferred anything to do with water, as in boating, eating locally caught fish or swimming. No one thought picnics or other “family activities” were “the most important” to them.

About 75 percent agreed “strongly” in protecting “water quality even if it slows economic development,” and nearly half said they would be willing to pay more to improve water quality.

06/15/11 10:47pm

CARRIE ANN SALVI PHOTO | Highway Superintendant Mark Ketcham’s stormwater runoff model demonstrates to Green Living Expo attendees Bob DeStefano and Michael Coles how pesticides end up in the bay.

The Green Living Expo was a “big success with an estimated 125 attendees,” according to Supervisor Jim Dougherty. That number does not include presenters nor the dozen students washing cars in an eco-friendly way outside the fair, raising more than $700 for the senior fund. There was no cost to the vendors who provided information on green living to support clean water and a greener environment. Most of those who staffed the presenting tables were volunteers from non-profit groups, as well as town committee members or employees.

The event, first held last year, was town-sponsored and suggested by Jim Dougherty and Town Attorney Laurie Dowd through the Green Options Committee, which was established in 2008 at the request of Supervisor Jim Dougherty. The committee was created to support a range of environmentally sustainable practices and policy, leading by example, education, legislation and other appropriate measures.

Measures recommended by the committee include alternative energy, energy efficiency and equipment and practices and protection of the aquifer.

Protection of aquifer was the theme of this year’s green living fair, organized by the committee including Christian and Daniel Fokine.

CARRIE ANN SALVI PHOTO | Christine John, right, learns how gravel, sand and soil can filter pollutants out of runoff, but not pharmaceuticals or fertilizers, from an exhibit tended by Cindy Belt of the Nature Conservancy.

Highway Superintendant Mark Ketcham was a presenter with an impressive model showing how stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries can end up in groundwater, ponds, creeks and bays. Mr. Ketcham explained how the town is using catch basins with filter inserts that remove hydrocarbons such as oils, antifreeze and petroleum products, before runoff leaches into groundwater. He said the town changes the filters once a year and uses vacuum trucks to clean out debris such as leaves and garbage.  There are 15 to 20 of these filtered catch basins in the town.

“What we want to do is filter the water before it gets to the bay,” he said. The program meets some of the federal mandates to prevent storm runoff from polluting local waters.

Another impressive hands-on visual display was created by Cindy Belt on behalf of the Nature Conservancy. Ms. Belt demonstrated how various liquids are, or are not, captured by nature’s own filtering system of gravel, sand and rocks.

“Nature provides services to us for free to protect itself,” she said.

From the experiment, however, it was clear that fine particulates such as pharmaceuticals are not captured. That’s why the Shelter Island Police Department was on hand with a collection box for unused toxic pharmaceuticals. Proper disposal of such chemicals protects the water, and the Island’s children as well, according to Officer Walter Richards. The pharmaceutical collection program was started by Nurse Mary Kanarvogel, and is available at the Shelter Island Pharmacy, Police Department, and the school.  Edward Bausman, the chairman of the Conservation Advisory Council, was on hand to explain how mowers set as high as possible will help lawns to need less water, alleviate runoff and establish better root systems.

The first expo was held in May last year. The date was pushed back further into the season to accommodate more second home residents.

Many community and town members donated time and resources, including the Shelter Island Association, which donated funds to videotape the event for Channel 22, live music by Island Folk, and samples of smoothies and chilled cucumber avocado chili soup from Jen DiPretoro of Greeny’s Natural Market and Cafe.