Environment

New Toxic Seaweed Species Has Exploded In Long Island Bays

A new species of seaweed that can be extremely toxic to fish and shellfish has spread throughout Long Island’s bays in the last three years and could pose a dangerous threat to many marine species, marine biologists from Stony Brook University announced this week.

Untimely Death Of Young White Sharks Benefit Science

A juvenile white shark that was found dead on the beach in Southampton Village, and several others like it that have washed up on South Fork beaches in recent years are providing marine biologists from Georgia to Cape Cod with a rare and scientifically important opportunity to study one of the ocean’s most famous species.

Coronavirus Does For East Hampton What The FAA Wouldn’t Do

Just as the volume of seasonal commuter aircraft flights to the South Fork would typically be increasingly significantly on weekends — driving residents of the neighborhoods under its approaches to distraction — the coronavirus epidemic has all but halted the much-maligned roar of helicopters using the airport.

State Ignores Objections, Approves Mine Expansion That Would Create 6-Acre Lake In East Hampton

State Ignores Objections, Approves Mine Expansion That Would Create 6-Acre Lake In East Hampton

Helicopter Companies Agree to Fly New Route Around Orient

The metro area helicopter companies that fly between New York and East Hampton Airport, prompting thousands of noise complaints from aggrieved homeowners across the East End, have agreed to fly newly modified voluntary noise abatement routes that East Hampton Town’s airport management published on the town website in late January. The routes keep traffic from flying across the North Fork and also reduce flights over East Hampton village, Bridgehampton and Sagaponack.

Plan Dies for Kayak Dock in Creek; Panel Resists Pool Within Wetlands Setback

The plan to put the first dock in Otter Pond Creek died last week in the face of continuing resistance from the Harbor Committee of Sag Harbor after months of review, debate and discussion.

Rain Gardens Promise Way to Limit Runoff Polluting the Bay

To solve your stormwater runoff and pollution problems, put the land and its flora and fauna — or at least strategically located patches of it — back to the way it was before we paved and planted it with lawns.

Federal Agency: Sand Land In Noyac Will Not Be Named A Superfund Site; Water...

The Environmental Protection Agency will not be investigating the Sand Land mine in Noyac — and it will not be designated as a Superfund site.

Town Posts New Helicopter Routes Before Chopper Group Agrees to Fly Them

Facing continuing intense political pressure over airport noise, the Town of East Hampton has published new voluntary noise abatement routes for helicopters using the town airport even though the Eastern Region Helicopter Council has not yet agreed to follow them.

Study Suggests Boaters May Be Releasing Septic Waste in Sag Harbor

A two-year study of water quality in Sag Harbor found that it is good overall but that nitrogen loading, mostly from conventional cesspools and septic tanks leaching untreated waste into groundwater, is promoting algae growth including a rust tide in the summer. The study also found that fecal bacteria — some of it from human waste, possibly including boaters illegally releasing effluent — is an issue in some locations.

Yacht Club Work May Create Link for Bay Street Runoff Control Projects

The Sag Harbor Yacht Club’s plan to replace an aging, creosoted wooden bulkhead on its Bay Street waterfront with a new vinyl bulkhead sparked a public brainstorming session on February 6 as the chair of the Harbor Committee, Mary Ann Eddy, pushed for the work to complement a publicly funded water quality project that will be installed this spring on either side of the Yacht Club site to reduce stormwater runoff.

Falkowski Brings Cannabis to the Forefront at Sag Harbor Forum

Open Minded Organics President David Falkowski has organized a forum on cannabis production in New York State this Saturday at the Wamponamon Masonic Lodge in Sag Harbor — an effort the Bridgehampton-based farmer and local businessowner said this week was aimed at giving public officials objective information on what cannabis programs are available in the state and where pending legislation that impacts those businesses stands.

Press Sessions Discussion Explores The Future Of The East Hampton Airport

Aviators and residents of the neighborhoods beneath flight paths to East Hampton Airport traded pleas, statistics and a few barbs at an East Hampton Press-led discussion of the airport and its uncertain future last week.

Marine Biologist Doubts Parasite Was Only Cause of Bay Scallop Collapse, But It Was...

A parasite that the New York State commissioner of environmental conservation called “a significant threat” to the Peconic Bay scallop fishery has been detected in a sample of bay scallops from Shelter Island — and may have been a factor in the near total collapse of the adult scallop population throughout the estuary last year.

Thiele Legislation Would Grant Local Authority Over Sand Land Mine In Noyac

Thiele Legislation Would Grant Local Authority Over Sand Land Mine In Noyac

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