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State Troopers Fabio Daino and Peter Nunziata patrol the pine barrens.

Patrolling the Pine Barrens

In the depths of winter and the heat of summer, for the past 15 years, law enforcement teams have been taking to the woods of the Central Pine Barrens twice per month to crack


Be prepared to pay 5 cents for grocery bags in the new year.

Carry-Out Bag Fee Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

If you’ve been collecting reusable cloth grocery bags throughout the past few years, stuff them into your car. You’re going to need them in the new year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, Suffolk County requires


Deepwater Wind's Block Island wind farm | courtesy Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind Picks Wainscott Cable Crossing, Gears Up for Permitting for South Fork Wind Farm

It’s been nearly a year since the Long Island Power Authority agreed to buy the power produced by an offshore wind farm 36 miles off of Montauk, and the firm that is building the


At Monday's groundbreaking for the Ponquogue pier.

Southampton Celebrates Reconstruction of Old Ponquogue Bridge

The ravages of Superstorm Sandy haven’t entirely been cleaned up along our shores, but down under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, one of the most severely damaged pieces of our collective seaside lives


Gabreski Airport in 1996

SCWA Files Complaint Against Manufacturers of Several Groundwater Contaminants

After the U.S. Department of Defense refused to pay for work done by the Suffolk County Water Authority and the Suffolk County Health Department to protect the public from contaminants in private wells surrounding


East Hampton: Preparing for the Great Energy Transformation

The South Fork is now in the middle of a Great Transformation from fossil fuel power to renewable energy. When East Hampton Town set out in 2014 on a quest to produce all its electricity


Plum Island in a Department of Homeland Security aerial photo.

Report: Like Much About Plum Island, Cleanup Remains a Mystery

by Beth Young It’s been four years since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sternly rebuked the federal Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration over their handling of the environmental cleanup of Plum Island,


Dr. Anna-Marie Wellins of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center

The Changing Faces of Tick-Borne Diseases

As ticks become a more and more commonplace part of our landscape and the diseases they carry seem to multiply, the science surrounding tick-borne diseases keeps changing. With that in mind, the East Marion Community


DEC Forestry Technician Adam Robedee limbed a tree in the sawyer class at the 2017 New York Wildfire & Incident Management Academy.

Celebrating 20 Years of Training Wildfire Fighters

Celebrating 20 Years of Training Wildfire Fighters by Beth Young There’s been a lot of attention of late to wildfires in the western United States, but outside of the tight network of the firefighting world, few


Eelgrass being studied by Dr. Peterson’s Marine Community Ecology Lab at SOMaS. | SOMaS photo

A New Way to Look at Eelgrass

It’s easy for East Enders to think of the eelgrass that has provided habitat, most famously, to the Peconic Bay scallop, as a part of our lost heritage. But seagrasses, essentially rooted grasses that


A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary: Friday morning at the inlet of Squires Pond in Hampton Bays.

Photos: A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary

For the fourth year in a row, students at schools throughout the Peconic Estuary took to the shores on Oct. 20 to take the vital signs of the waters near their homes. A Day in


Central Pine Barrens Commission Compliance and Enforcement Officer Mike Lewis with one of the piles of energy drinks in the woods off Speonk-Riverhead Road.

Pine Barrens Commission to Dumpers: We’re Watching You

A desolate stretch of Speonk-Riverhead Road just off of Sunrise Highway is just one of many hot spots for illegal dumping throughout the central pine barrens, but the Central Pine Barrens Commission is looking


Dell Cullum

Dell Cullum’s Wild Island

Dell Cullum’s Wild Island By Kara Westerman Who can you call at 2 a.m. if you need a raccoon driven across the Shinnecock Canal? Is your family of foxes mangy? Is a hedgehog eating you out


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


Gabreski Airport in 1996

Defense Department Won’t Pay for Work Done to Protect Public Health from Firefighting Foam at Gabreski Airport

The Suffolk County Health Department and the Suffolk County Water Authority have spent more than $5 million over the past year to ensure safe drinking water for neighbors of Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, with


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