09/15/18 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Blue-green algae on the surface of Fresh Pond .

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…)

09/09/18 11:00am
COURTESY OF BALLOONS BLOW Balloons in power lines.

COURTESY OF BALLOONS BLOW Balloons in power lines.

Last month Newsday ran an Associated Press story headlined: “A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny.”

I was surprised that no mention was made of Suffolk County’s action against balloons. Suffolk in 2005 passed a law prohibiting the release of 25 or more helium-filled balloons at a time. It’s enforced by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. (more…)

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08/15/18 3:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Town Engineer John Cronin will speak to the Water Quality Board Thursday night about water issues in the Center.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Town Engineer John Cronin will speak to the Water Quality Board Thursday night about water issues in the Center.

On Thursday night, Town Engineer John Cronin will share with the Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board results of a study he and summer intern Andrei Oraseanu  developed this summer on nitrate levels in the Island’s water, particularly in the Center.

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