04/09/16 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards  picking up garbage at Mashomack  a year ago as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards picking up garbage at Mashomack a year ago as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

There could be a vote by the Suffolk County Legislature next week on a bill to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags county-wide.

Such a prohibition already exists in various towns and villages in Suffolk, including Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Quogue, Patchogue and both the villages and towns of East Hampton and Southampton, and has been enacted by governments around the country and world.

A ban has been under consideration on Shelter Island. (more…)

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03/29/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | An aerial view of Plum Island.

COURTESY PHOTO | An aerial view of Plum Island.

The fight to prevent Plum Island’s sale to a private developer — an effort local officials have been pushing for several years — received another boost this week from Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). (more…)

10/11/15 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Plum Island

COURTESY PHOTO | The Plum Island Animal Disease Center

The 800-pound gorilla in the hearing room as local and state officials and environmentalists pushed last week for the preservation of Plum Island was the issue of toxic areas on the island. (more…)

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06/15/15 12:00pm
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A meeting of minds on the water crisis in the Peconic estuary was held Thursday in Hauppaugue.

CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A meeting of minds on the water crisis in the Peconic estuary was held Thursday in Hauppaugue.

Mystery — if there was really a question — solved.

County lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists all agree nitrogen overloading in local waterways is the main contributor to the recent die-off of fish and turtles in the Peconic estuary. (more…)

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11/17/14 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Resident Craig Wood made an impassioned plea to the Town Board  Friday to keep the Community Preservation fund at status quo.

COURTESY PHOTO | Resident Craig Wood made an impassioned plea to the Town Board Friday to keep the Community Preservation fund at status quo.

A resident went before the Town Board Friday to ask it to reject an idea of diverting money to a fund dedicated to buying open space —even a small part of it  — for clean water projects. (more…)