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…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO
This 7-year-old diamondback terrapin turtle, held by Karen Testa of Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, has been in captivity since it was a hatchling. Turtles of this species have been found dead in nearby creeks feeding the Peconic Bay.
Turtles have been dying in significant numbers near some of the creeks leading into Peconic Bay, amounting to an “unprecedented” die-off, according to environmental advocates and state conservation authorities. (more…)
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CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A look at government’s actions to ensure clean water for the East End.
Several million dollars in the state’s newly passed $142 budget has been allocated to fund water quality initiatives across New York State, including two projects on Long Island.
Here is a breakdown of water quality initiatives supported in the 2015-16 state spending plan:
What’s going on?
The state budget includes $5 million in funding to create The Long Island Nitrogen and Mitigation Plan, a comprehensive strategy for mitigating nitrogen pollution in Suffolk and Nassau county waterways.
Why is it needed? (more…)