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08/12/15 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd told his colleagues Tuesday he doesn’t think there’s a way to cover every eventuality of businesses operating at town beaches and parks.

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Councilman Paul Shepherd told his colleagues Tuesday he doesn’t think there’s a way to cover every eventuality of businesses operating at town beaches and parks.

Talk, but no action — at least not yet — on two issues that trouble Town Board members: how to control commercial operations at beaches and parks on the Island and how to limit single-family houses from being used as hotels or B & Bs. (more…)

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06/24/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Irene Fisher of the United States Geological Survey told members of the Water Advisory Committee Monday night that new studies would provide information on water quality.

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Irene Fisher of the United States Geological Survey told members of the Water Advisory Committee Monday night that new studies would provide information on water quality.

In an effort to inform Islanders about the quality of their drinking water, it appears possible the Town Board will allocate as much as $46,000 in its next budget for United States Geological Survey experts to begin compiling data. (more…)

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06/23/15 12:10pm
COURTESY PHOTO A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth LaValle gained legislative approval to allow municipalities to use some of the Community Preservation money for water protection It now rests with  Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature before towns could set up their own referendums.

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A bill  was passed yesterday by the New York State Legislature allowing municipalities to use some of the Community Preservation Fund money for water protection. It now remains for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign before towns can set up their own referendums on the issue

The New York State Legislature has extended the Community Preservation Fund for another 20 years and provided that East End towns could, by referendum, allow up to 20 percent of money collected to be used for water remediation purposes. (more…)

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05/18/15 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO John Hallman at a recent meeting of the Hay Beach Property Owners Association shared his views on what it takes to be good stewards of the Island’s water.

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John Hallman at a recent meeting of the Hay Beach Property Owners Association shared his views on what it takes to be good stewards of the Island’s water.

John Hallman has never been shy about speaking his mind.

Just ask him about not taking Shelter Island water quality seriously and he’ll tell you that’s an invitation to the Suffolk County Water Authority to run the show here. (more…)

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05/11/15 2:01pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Water Advisory Committee member Ken Pysher reports April well water levels were at their lowest for that month since readings have been recorded.

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Water Advisory Committee member Ken Pysher reports April well water levels were at their lowest for that month since readings have been recorded.

All 13 Shelter Island test wells showed below average readings for the month of April with the well at Little Ram showing its lowest ever reading for the month, according to Ken Pysher, who crunches the numbers provided by the United States Geological Survey. (more…)