06/02/19 11:00am

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What is going on with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)?

There was an era decades ago when Tony Taormina was a champion of the environment at DEC. “Tony seemed to know everything about Long Island’s environment and politics,” as Professor Charles Wurster wrote in his book, “DDT Wars.” Tony was instrumental in the enaction of state laws protecting freshwater and tidal wetlands. He was an invaluable resource for me and other journalists. His titles included director of the Marine and Coastal Division of DEC. There were some others at DEC who also were environmental guardians.

That was then. This is now. (more…)

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AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Highway Department employee Nick Ryan loading corn into a 4-poster unit.

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Tom Field shared ideas he and other baymen would like the Town Board to adopt to protect the Island’s surrounding waterways.

Bayman Tom Field has been meeting with his colleagues on a regular basis to discuss issues of importance and to bring them to the Town Board. (more…)

11/02/18 10:00am

From left, U.S. Geological Survey partner Irene Fisher, Audrey Wood, Camryn Page, Devon Bolton and Ethan Renault.

Shelter Island School students in Marine Biology and AP Environmental classes took to the beach this October 26 to participate in “A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary.”

“Students collected data on salinity, temperature, wind speed, tides and currents in three shore locations,” said teacher Janine Mahoney.