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Romaine Strikes New Deal on Wastewater Tax

After a plan to put a referendum before voters for an eighth of a percent sales tax to fund septic improvement initiatives was stymied by Republicans in the Suffolk County Legislature last summer, new County Executive Ed Romaine unveiled a new tax plan this week that will provide more funding to sewers than on-site septic systems. There are estimated to be about 380,000 on-site septic systems in Suffolk County, many
Volunteers, including students from Southold Elementary School, helped restore the Custer Preserve garden, with help from a grant from ReWild Long Island, in the fall of 2023.
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A New ReWild Chapter for the North Fork

Pictured Above: Volunteers, including students from Southold Elementary School, helped restore the Custer Preserve garden, with help from a grant from ReWild Long Island, in the fall of 2023. Anyone who’s watched the asphalt of an abandoned shopping center crack and fill with Queen Anne’s lace and chicory, mugwort and goldenrod knows that nature will reclaim its territory whenever given a chance. A human movement is sweeping this country looking
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ReWild North Fork Chapter to Hold Inaugural Meeting

Pictured Above: Science teacher Deb Kimmelman, Master Gardener Nancy DePas Reinertsen and Kristen Bashen of the Group for the East End with mountain mint at the seed swap in the fall of 2023. A new North Fork chapter of ReWild Long Island, with the vision of rewilding, revitalizing, and restoring our precious environment, one garden at a time, is forming on the North Fork. The group's inaugural meeting will be
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New Birds & Bees Protection Act Will Ban Certain Pesticides in New York

Just before Christmas, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Birds and Bees Protection Act, which will prohibits the use of corn, soybean, or wheat seeds treated with certain neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics. It will also ban neonicotinoid pesticides for outdoor ornamental plants and turfs, in an effort to protect New York’s pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. These groups of pesticides, which are widely used in agriculture and
East Hampton Deputy Mayor Chris Minardi and Mayor Jerry Larsen with supporters of the Skip the Stuff campaign outside the Village Board's Dec. 15 meeting at LTV. |. photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation
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Surfrider Asks East Hampton Village to “Skip the Stuff”

Pictured Above: East Hampton Deputy Mayor Chris Minardi and Mayor Jerry Larsen with supporters of the Skip the Stuff campaign outside the Village Board's Dec. 15 meeting at LTV. |. photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter On the heels of the successful passage and implementation this year of a New York City legislation requiring restaurants to not give out single-use plastic cutlery with take-out and delivery orders unless
Southold fifth graders Rowan Schur, Zoe Serrano and Vanessa Mejia planted native grasses at the Custer Preserve Oct. 23.
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Making a Path for Pollinators

Pictured Above: Southold fifth graders Rowan Schur, Zoe Serrano and Vanessa Mejia planted native grasses at the Custer Preserve Oct. 23. On a rainy Saturday in late October, people who love native plants converged on the nature center at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue to share their seeds and cuttings from native asters, milkweed, mountain mint, black-eyed Susans and a whole host of other species, building a network of garden
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Our Electric Future

From efforts afoot in Southampton Town to enable residents to choose renewable energy when paying their electric bills and join a new community solar program, to a push in East Hampton to require new homes be all electric to changes on the horizon with LIPA’s operating structure to a just-inked agreement allowing Greenport’s municipal electric service to pay back homeowners for the electricity their solar panels contribute to the grid,
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Environmental Groups tell Suffolk Legislature its Lack of Action on Funding Septic Improvements Violates Green Amendment

The nonprofit environmental organizations Save the Sound, Group for the East End, and Peconic Baykeeper have given notice to the Suffolk County Legislature that they believe its "failure to take meaningful action to address nitrogen pollution resulting primarily from outdated and inadequate septic systems violates the Green Amendment of New York's Constitution." The Republican majority in the Suffolk County Legislature refused this summer to put public referenda onto this November's
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Editorial: Natural Places Enrich All Of Our Lives

This September was a banner season for migrating monarchs. When we spotted our first batch swooping through the hedges surrounding a lush estate down a back road in Cutchogue, just blocks from the Peconic Bay, it felt like an anomaly, perhaps a luxury. It must be nice to have the acreage to provide refuge for all the earth’s creatures. But then we were startled to see the butterflies, battered by
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Water Authority Breaks Ground on Project to Connect Manorville Homeowners with PFAS in Their Wells

The Suffolk County Water Authority broke ground this Thursday, Sept. 21 on a project to extend more than 20,000 feet of water main to homes on the Brookhaven Town side of Manorville impacted by PFAS contamination, as Riverhead awaits grant funding to connect more homes on the Riverhead Town side. "These families have been living with the burden of unsafe drinking water for far too long," said SCWA Chairman Charles