Environment

Mecox Cut Remains Open after 13 Weeks; Closing It Not Yet an Option

The Mecox Cut, a man-made trench dug periodically between the Atlantic Ocean and Mecox Bay, has been flowing for nearly 13 weeks, and closing it does not appear to be an option anytime soon because of the presence of endangered and threatened bird species.

East Hampton Town to Fund Sag Harbor Water Quality Projects

East Hampton Town has pledged to help Sag Harbor implement a series of stormwater runoff abatement projects along Bay Street and in the Azurest neighborhood, using the town’s Community Preservation Fund revenues.

North Haven Counts Ticks to Assess Its 4-Poster Deer Feeding Stations

The Village of North Haven this season is working to establish a database to prove the effectiveness of its 4-poster program to kill ticks and reduce the incidence of tick-borne illnesses on the 2.7-square-mile peninsula between Shelter Island and Sag Harbor.

Ferries Face Problems Caused By Rising Sea

The South Ferry, along with The North Ferry, which provides rides to and from Greenport, has had to adjust its operations in the growing wave of effects from climate change

Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Mining at Sand Land

The appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting all mining activities at Sand Land pending the court’s decision on whether to issue its own order to prohibit mining at the Noyac sand mine.

The Push Is On For More Wind Farms Off the South Fork

Three wind energy development companies have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to make the federally controlled sea floor off the South Fork available for wind farm leases. 

CPF Revenues Decline So Far in 2019 in 4 of 5 East End Towns

The stream of Community Preservation Fund revenues in the five East End towns to support land and historic preservation as well as water quality projects fell by 27.4 percent to $29.42 million in the first five months in 2019 compared to the $40.53 million collected during the same period last year.

Gillibrand Backs Nomination of SANS Community to National Register

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has urged the National Park Service to place the SANS neighborhoods of Sag Harbor on the National Register of Historic Places as rare post-World War II African-American beach communities.

Permit Issued, TRO Denied, but Sand Land Still Enjoined from Expanding

A state supreme court judge in Albany last week declined to issue a temporary restraining order barring the implementation of new permit authorized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on June 5, allowing the Sand Land mine in Noyac to expand into a three-acre area called the “stump dump” and dig 40 feet deeper than the limit set by its last permit.

Hurricane Gets Credit for Surprising Accumulation of Sand on Nearby Ocean Beaches

Against all expectations, the amount of sand six-mile stretch of ocean beach between Town Line Road and Flying Point Road has continued to increase over the years since a $26-million beach nourishment project was undertaken in 2013.

Lines Drawn in East Hampton Over Deepwater Wind

The first public hearings on the South Fork Wind Farm project brought residents from across Long Island to East Hampton on Tuesday to plead with the State Public Service Commission to make the smart choice when it comes to the Deepwater Wind proposal.

Water Quality Plan for Round Pond Seems to Get Some Resistance

Aware there has been talk of opposition to a water quality improvement project the Town of Southampton is planning for Round Pond at Middle Line Highway, Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni appeared in person before the Sag Harbor Village Board on Tuesday to ask it to postpone making any decision to approve or oppose the plan.

Panel Set to Deny Wetlands Permit for Pool near Ligonee Brook

For the first time in memory if not ever, the Harbor Committee of Sag Harbor expressed its intention to deny a wetlands permit this week, deciding in a 4-1 poll on Monday to tell its environmental consultant to prepare a draft decision that would bar a wetlands setback waiver for a proposed pool in the rear yard of a house at 36 Fordham Street.

Town of East Hampton Accepting Grant Applications for Water Quality Improvements

The Town of East Hampton announced last week it will be issuing a Request for Applications for interested persons to award grant funding for water quality improvement projects.

East Hampton Airport Makes State Superfund Site List

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation listed 47 acres of East Hampton Airport on its “Superfund” site list on May 23.

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Krupski Farms is Generations Strong on the North Fork

Krupski Farms has always been helmed by multiple generations. Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, who still farms quite a bit, and his wife, Mary, whose children think of her as the brains behind the operation, and their three children are responsible for what makes it to the farm stand today.

Pierson High School: Here Comes Homecoming

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Robert Browngardt: “At Home in the Crow’s Nest”

A collection of squirrel figurines adorned the windowsill of the “Crow’s Nest” — the screened in porch of the Browngardt house on Palmer Terrace. “My family has lived in this house since 1926,” Robert Browngardt explained. “I spend most of my time out here on the porch.”