The Accabonac Protection Committee, whose mission is to protect, enhance and restore the ecological integrity of Accabonac Harbor, and its watershed, will present three public forums at Ashawagh Hall, 780 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs during the summer season of 2019. 

In addition to speakers, each forum will feature information about what residents and visitors can do to help keep Accabonac Harbor and its watershed healthy. Refreshments will be served following the panel Q+A at each event.

The first forum, on June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. will be an update on the Health of Accabonac Harbor.

Representatives from the East Hampton Department of Natural Resources and East Hampton Trustees will talk about past, ongoing and future projects relating to Accabonac Harbor and its watershed.

On July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. APC will host a forum titled “Marsh Madness,” a discussion of research in Accabonac marshes, sea level rise impacts on the marsh, managiang the marsh, everything you wanted to know about marsh mosquitoes and more.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Judith Weis, Professor Emerita of Biological Science at Rutgers University, and will feature Nicole Maher, a Wetlands Specialist, Senior Coastal Scientist with The Nature Conservancy-New York; Tamson Yeh, Pest Management Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension and a speaker from the Peconic Estuary Program 

On Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., APC presents “Accabonac: Life In and Around, Past and Present,” focusing on shellfish, their habitat and habits, as well as those people who once called the Accabonac environs their home in bygone years.

Speakers include Christopher Pickerell: Marine Division Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; “Barley” John Dunne,  Director of the East Hampton Town Shellfish Hatchery and Hugh King, East Hampton Town Crier and Keeper of the History of East Hampton.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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