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…)
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Following a recent neighbor versus neighbor conflict and the approval of a spec house, the Villageof Dering Harbor Board of Trustees on Saturday approved Mayor Tim Hogue’s proposal to hire a code enforcer. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Water Advisory Committee member.
There were no surprises with the most recent gauging of water levels in Shelter Island’s test wells.
That’s according to Ken Pysher, who compiles United States Geological Survey information for the town’s Water Advisory Committee. Nine test wells are up and four are down for the period June 18 to July 16. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Village of Dering Harbor is considering joining a group of towns and villages that share the Peconic Estuary.
Dering Harbor Village Mayor Tim Hogue told the Dering Harbor Board of Trustees at its meeting on Saturday, August 17 that East End towns and villages were being asked to consider establishing a committee, composed of representatives from each municipality, which would track grant opportunities and influence regulations related to the Peconic Estuary Program.
Towns would contribute $7,500 annually to hire a coordinator; villages would be assessed $3,000. Membership would be on a year-to-year basis.
Given the small size of the village budget, the mayor said this fee would push the budget over the 2-percent cap mandated by the state. He has calls out to several village mayors — North Haven, Sag Harbor and Greenport for starters — and will report back to the board on what the thinking is about joining this new inter-municipal committee.
While there was support for ensuring the health of the estuary, some concern was expressed about adding another layer of bureaucracy to the effort.
Mr. Hogue said he’s not ready “to opt out yet,” but wants to hear from other villages first.