• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ scaled back plan to shore up downtown Montauk was derided by folks in East Hampton when it was unveiled yesterday. The $6 million federally funded project, intended as a stop-gap until the 54-year-old Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study is complete, involves placing geotextile bags of sand along a 3,100-linear foot section of beach, creating a 13.5-foot high berm. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The East End is under a “red flag” fire alert from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, as low humidity levels and heavy winds make these conditions ideal for the spread of wildfires. The National Weather Service says winds will be northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts to 40 mph, and the relative humidity is at 11 percent.
• East Hampton Town got an earful last week on a controversial plan to curtail the number of locations where formula stores can be built in town, after the town’s planning board rescinded a building permit for a 7-Eleven in Amagansett earlier this year. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that his office has created a new task force to review clean water needs in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and increase resiliency against future storms and improve water quality. Mr. Cuomo also announced that the DEC and Suffolk County, in conjunction with Southampton Town and SUNY Stony Brook, are putting together a $6 million plan for nitrogen treatment pilot projects at individual homes or small subdivisions that are not readily reachable by sewer lines. This plan will include a research program on methods to improve the effectiveness of nitrogen treatment systems, reduce their cost and footprint, and simplify operation and maintenance.
• Southampton Town banned the use of brine solution made from hydrofracking waste as a road deicer, and banned its acceptance at sewage treatment plants at its board meeting Tuesday. The Beacon received an insightful letter from Rick and Linda Kedenburg of Peconic, which is online here, on this issue earlier this week. If you’d like to send us a letter, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Hallockville Museum Farm is looking for volunteers to help clean up the farm from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. More information is online here.
• Riverhead Town’s work session scheduled for today has been cancelled and Southampton will be meeting in executive session to discuss personnel at 11 a.m.