• Rust tide has appeared this week in several eastern Long Island harbors, where it is threatening marine life. Dr. Christopher Gobler’s laboratory at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences has recorded the rust tide algae at densities exceeding 30,000 cells per milliliter in the Sag Harbor Cove and densities exceeding 1,000 cells per milliliter have been recorded in Three Mile Harbor and Accabonac Harbor. Densities above 500 cells per milliliter can be lethal to marine life. Over the past 11 years, rust tide has usually been found in the far western portion of the Peconic Bays. This is the first time scientists have found their initial samples of rust tide for the season in eastern harbors. Dr. Gobler said the level in Sag Harbor is higher than his lab has found anywhere on Long Island in several years.
• Today is Grown on Long Island Day, a celebration of local food at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the farm will celebrate with a county-wide farmers market, wagon rides and games for kids and tastings of local food and libation. More information is online here.
• Tony Trubisz and a crew of enthusiastic volunteers spent yesterday repainting the historic Trubisz house at the Hallockville Museum Farm. The Trubisz house was Frances Hallock’s wash house, which was converted into a home for the Trubisz family when they immigrated to the North Fork in the early 1900s to work on the farm. They lived there until they could build a bigger house.
• The Peconic Estuary Program is hosting a forum on Monday morning for residents to learn more about recent water quality work in the Peconics and how to become a part of the solution. The 9 a.m. forum will be broadcast through a webinar for those who are unable to attend. Contact jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.
• The annual East Hampton Artists & Writers game isn’t until next Saturday, but the online auction supporting the game is going on now. Go here for more details.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.