10/10/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Irrigation Committee Chairman Thom MIlton addressing the town board Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown. Not seen, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Peter Reich.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Irrigation Committee Chairman Thom MIlton addressing the town board Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown. Not seen, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Peter Reich.

From the beginning, when the Shelter Island Irrigation Committee was formed, there were complaints of wasting time and heated discussions among members that turned nasty. One member threatened to walk out of a meeting in the middle of an argument and, in fact, another member resigned after one session because of what she perceived as a toxic atmosphere. (more…)

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06/23/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO |  Irrigation Committee Consultant John Benvegna has finished his draft report to the committee.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Irrigation Committee Consultant John Benvegna has finished his draft report to the committee.

In his draft report to the Shelter Island Irrigation Committee, consultant John Benvegna isn’t recommending an outright ban on existing automatic irrigation systems on Shelter Island. (more…)

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04/07/14 8:17am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | John Hallman said testing results were not valid because of their timing.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | John Hallman said  town well test results were not valid because of their timing.

A member of the Shelter Island Irrigation Committee is questioning the value of new data on chloride levels in area wells. (more…)

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02/25/14 10:42am

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REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm's methods.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm’s methods.

The Irrigation Committee got a lesson at its February 20 meeting on how Sylvester Manor’s farm operation employs irrigation to limit water consumption while providing for the needs of its crop. (more…)

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02/11/14 10:21am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Members of the Irrigation Committee got a lesson from Mark Mobius on the use of fertilizers and concerns about how inorganic material leeches into the soil.

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Members of the Irrigation Committee got a lesson from Mark Mobius on the use of fertilizers and concerns about how inorganic material leeches into the soil.

With the original date for a report to the Town Board already in the rear view mirror, the Irrigation Committee agreed February 6 to formally ask for an extension. (more…)