• The Connecticut-based environmental group Save the Sound released its annual report card on Monday on the work being done to reduce nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound, giving Suffolk County an A for upgrades to its sewage treatment plants that discharge to the Sound. In their report card, they say that “Virtually all upgrades at Suffolk County’s five sewage treatment plant…are complete. We’ll closely monitor their performance to be sure they are collectively meeting their 58.5% reduction mandate.” The interactive map accompanying their report only shows one sewage treatment plant on the East End, in Greenport, which they say discharges 31 to 61 pounds of nitrogen into the Sound each day. Very little of Suffolk County is sewered, and of the parts that are, few discharge to the Long Island Sound, so this report does paint a rosier picture of the situation here than might be expected. But it’s nice to know they’re thinking of us.
• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead has received advanced certification for primary stroke care after a rigorous review in February by the joint commission of the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association. They are now the only hospital on the East End with this certification.
• The developers who are planning to rebuild the hamlet of Riverside will be opening an office on Peconic Avenue, across from the Peconic Paddler, in May. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East Hampton Town’s stop work order against PSEG over the transmission line they are hanging from East Hampton Village to Amagansett was held up in State Supreme Court on Monday. The town had initiated the stop work order against PSEG in early April over unpermitted work being done at their Amagansett substation.
• Group for the East End’s full moon walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue, originally scheduled for last night, has been rescheduled to tonight because of rain. More information is online here. Quogue Wildlife Refuge is also holding a full moon walk tonight. More information is online here.
• It’s cold right now. Pretty much freezing cold. As of 5:30 a.m., the thermometer is hovering around 33 degrees and there was a dusting of snow on the ground. We’re expecting highs in the high 40s today and lows around freezing tonight into tomorrow morning.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.