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12/15/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Ken Pysher has been acting chairman of the Water Advisory Committee, but will be away for a couple of months this winter. As of Monday night, no member has come forward to take on his replacement.

Yes, Shelter Islanders, in 2016 you get to be your own Santa Clauses, having expressed your concerns about water quality to the Town Board and how you want your tax money spent.

The town will pay an anticipated $37,600 for testing, but will dig deeper to come up with another $5,800 since learning that a 20 percent discount for testing won’t be applied to the first year of a three-year testing program. (more…)

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12/02/15 11:57am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Soren Dahl, an official with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, speaking at the Town Board work session Tuesday about developing a plan to save a natural resource growing in Island waters.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Soren Dahl, an official with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, speaking at the Town Board work session Tuesday about developing a plan to save a natural resource growing in Island waters.

With East End municipalities and Suffolk County awakening to a crisis in water quality threatening the future health of the natural world that surrounds the region, there was some good news presented to the Town Board work session Tuesday. (more…)

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01/20/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Town Engineer John Cronin says the need for information from well testing is critical.

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Town Engineer John Cronin says the need for information from well testing is critical.

Students, staff and teachers at the Shelter Island School in the 1980s will remember informative signs that the water was unsafe for drinking. When an addition was put on the school in 1992, one of the requirements for construction was that the school’s well had to be relocated. (more…)

07/04/14 5:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

It is nearly a year since the Town Board delayed a decision on whether or not to implement a ban on automatic irrigation — sprinkler — systems.

The ban was approved in 2003, but its implementation was delayed 10 years and not even discussed until a month before it was to take effect in September 2013.

Having ignored the issue until then, there seemed to be little choice but to give in to demands to determine if there had been scientific or technological changes worth investigating before denying people the right to continue to use their irrigation systems. (more…)