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The water district's tower in Hampton Bays.

Hampton Bays Water District Shut Down PFOS Contaminated Wells “Out of Abundance of Caution”

The chemical compounds used in firefighting foam, non-stick cookware and upholstery stain guards have been making news throughout the United States over the past year, primarily due to new, much lower EPA guidelines for


The Long Island Sound from Southold's Town Beach in Greenport.

Southold Joins State Lawsuit Against EPA Over LI Sound Dumping

Southold Town has joined New York State’s lawsuit filed in August against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the federal agency’s rule allowing the dumping of dredge material in eastern Long Island Sound. In


Plum Island in a Department of Homeland Security aerial photo.

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Plum Island

Just weeks after Congressman Lee Zeldin’s bill to preserve Plum Island passed the House of Representatives for the second time, U.S. Senators have finally taken up the cause in their branch of Congress. Senators Richard Blumenthal


Erica Cirino

In Pursuit of Plastic: Erica Cirino’s Go and See Tour

by Beth Young After science writer and artist Erica Cirino graduated from Stony Brook University in 2015, she wasn’t about to go do something boring that you might expect from a college grad let loose


If your septic system looks like this, you might want to enter the Suffolk County septic lottery.

Money Now Available for Septic Upgrades; South Fork Towns To Boost County Funding

County and local governments have been talking about the necessity of reducing nitrogen leaching from cesspools on Eastern Long Island for several years, but this summer, they’re starting to put their money behind the


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100 Percent and Beyond: The East End’s Energy Future, and the Road from Here

From wind power to the internet of things to meshed communication networks and a smarter electric grid, the mood was one of optimism in technological solutions at Renewable Energy Long Island’s second annual South Fork


At the Tiana Bayside Marine Center grand opening June 28.

Tiana Bayside Now Open For Marine Education

Southampton Town and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Program unveiled their new center for marine education, restoration and stewardship at Tiana Bay in Hampton Bays June 28. The Tiana Bayside Facility, on Dune


On the Trolley: A Trip Through Hampton Bays

by Jinsoo Henry Oh As a North Fork native and returning resident, it might seem a little strange that smart city design and urban infrastructure have always interested me more than agriculture and farm vistas.


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The Bunker Resurgence: The Good News Beyond Recent Fish Kills

by Glenn Jochum As you take your fish oil supplement, feed your pet, or apply your lipstick there’s a chance your daily life is impacted by a 15-inch ocean dweller, Brevoortia tyrannus, a fierce-sounding name


SCWA Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Operations Joe Pokorny explains water projects in Sag Harbor.

Understanding the Drinking Water Beneath Our Feet

The Suffolk County Water Authority is the largest groundwater supplier in the United States, delivering an average of 188 million gallons per day from 586 wells throughout the county. But the water that comes


Conducting a prescribed burn at the New York Wildfire & Incident Management Academy in the fall of 2015.

The Pine Barrens & Fire: Foresters on the Role of Prescribed Burns

By Beth Young In the world of wildland firefighting, there are vast acreages of uninhabited fuel-filled forests out west, with a well-trod history of fire and management, and then there are areas known as the


Plum Island in a Department of Homeland Security aerial photo.

U.S. Senators Take a Stand on Plum Island

Three U.S. Senators have joined the effort to decouple the proposed sale of Plum Island from the 2008 federal appropriations bill that created a replacement animal disease research lab in Manhattan, Kansas. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris


Wednesday afternoon at Lazy Point

East Hampton Embraces Understanding of Rising Seas

How will rising seas due to climate change impact us? That’s a question that coastal communities have been asking all over the world of late, and it’s a conversation that eastern Long Island municipalities are


Ecological Culture Initiative to Launch Organic Gardening Classes

The Ecological Culture Initiative is launching an in-depth class series this week featuring all the basic skills and knowledge needed to develop a bio-intensive vegetable garden from the ground up. Topics will include permaculture design


Peconic River

FRNCA Wins Environmetal Justice Grant for Peconic River Park

The Flanders Riverside Northampton Community Association has been awarded a $50,000 Environmental Justice grant from the New York State Department of  Environmental Conservation to help plan the Riverside Maritime Trail Park alongside the Peconic River. 


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