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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


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.


The Atlantic Menhaden

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


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