Scouts Pitch In



Scouts Indigo Weston, Taki Dimopoulous, Gannon Miller and Matthew Lester promote stormwater awareness at a drain in East Hampton on Saturday with Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and Environmental Technician Juliana Duryea.

Members of an East Hampton Town Boy Scout troop grabbed work gloves and spent a couple hours on Saturday, October 25, helping the town’s Natural Resources Department in stormwater management efforts.

Scouts from Troop 298 met that morning at the East Hampton Town Dock on Three Mile Harbor Road to place decals on stormwater drains, map the location of drains using GPS coordinates and collect litter at the docks and on Duke Drive.

The decals are intended to raise awareness about stormwater runoff. The idea is simple: when water flows down the drain, it enters local water bodies. It doesn’t just disappear.

“It’s great to see scouts giving back to the environment and the community, with the scouts becoming additional stewards for the preservation of our local water bodies,” East Hampton Town Environmental Protection Director Kim Shaw said.

The scout’s leader, Lisa Weston, helped organize the event with John Botos from the Natural Resources Department, but noted that the scouts should receive the credit.

As part of the town’s stormwater management efforts, Mr. Botos educates citizens about conservation and the importance of reducing stormwater pollution. Following the scouts’ cleanup and decaling, he taught them about coastal buffers and stormwater management using natural methods such as swales.

“We thank the Boy Scouts for their participation,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, who kicked off the event and taught the troop how to place the decals on the drains.