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Friday, 21 June 2019 16:37

West Brook Pond Dam Failure

  June 21, 2019 (VIA EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) George Gorman, Regional Director NYSOPR – Long Island Region 625 Belmont Ave West Babylon, NY 11704 RE:     West Brook Pond Dam Dear Director Gorman: We recently visited the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River to examine the site where the dam has failed at West Brook Pond. We are writing to urge the NYSORP Regional Office to leave the dam in its current state and allow West Brook to run freely. The situation presents a rare opportunity to reconnect a coastal stream and restore natural riverine conditions. Doing so would generate a host…
Friday, 07 June 2019 14:19

Valule of Waste Reduction

The Value of Waste Reduction John L. Turner Ok, you’re at a barbecue this summer and another guest asks what you think is the best way to manage all the garbage that the party will generate (I know, pretty unlikely party conversation, but bear with me). As you search for a quick rejoinder your mind is spinning fast: you’ve learned from numerous press accounts about leaking landfills, with their groundwater-contaminating plumes and smelly methane emissions, that landfilling garbage — throwing all waste into a pit in the ground rather than reusing any of it or gaining energy from it through…
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:46

Protecting the Diamondback Terrapin

One of Long Island’s more iconic coastal species is the Diamondback Terrapin, the only turtle in the world that inhabits brackish water habitats such as salt marshes, tidal creeks, and shallow bays and harbors. Individual terrapins can be seen with their heads bobbing at the water surface, basking in the sun on mud banks, and, most excitedly, occasionally encountered when a female comes ashore seeking a nesting site to lays her eggs. On Long Island, historically, terrapin populations faced a number of threats including direct human harvest for food, and destruction of coastal nest-laying habitat (take a look at an…
Friday, 30 November 2018 14:59

A Transparent Problem

Bird species face a number of threats as they go about their daily lives. Foremost, they must be ever vigilant of predators of all sorts - other birds such as birds-of-prey like Great Horned Owls and Cooper’s Hawks - and a host of mammals, snakes, even fish in some cases! Layered on this are the significant and numerous threats posed by one specific mammal - Homo sapiens - that are adversely affecting birds, causing many species to decline, some dramatically.  These suite of threats include: poisoning both intentional and incidental (oil spills); flying into wind turbines and power lines; destruction…
Seatuck submitted the following comment letter on the US Federal government proposed rule changes for the Endangered Species Act.   September 24, 2018 Re: Proposed Changes to Endangered Species Act Rules The Seatuck Environmental Association is a member-supported, non-profit organization that works to advance the conservation of wildlife on Long Island, New York. Since incorporating in 1989 Seatuck has worked--through advocacy, education and research--to protect and conserve Long Island wildlife and the natural habitats on which they depend. On behalf of our thousands of members and supporters, we write to express our opposition to the proposed rule changes under the…
     Purpose:              We at Seatuck have initiateed a pilot program to collect waste Oyster shells from local restaurants and to use those shells to enhance the bottom sediment of the Great South Bayto allow for the reintroduction of native eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) populations.   Background: In the mid-1890’s Long Islands South Shore was known as the “oyster capital” of the world. Blue Point Oysters were considered of the finest quality and were in the highest demand by consumers.  However, by 1920’s they were decimated, mostly due to water pollution and over harvesting,…
One of the priority open space areas the Seatuck Environmental Association has been advocating protection of is “Hauppauge Springs”, a 42-acre area on the south side of Veterans Memorial Highway across from the Suffolk County Center. The area gets its name because of the water which “springs” or bubbles up from the aquifer here, beginning a surface flow that becomes the Nissequogue River. Thus, the Hauppauge Springs forms part of one of the headwaters to the Nissequogue River (the other is in the Village of the Branch to the east). The area contains extensive freshwater wetlands including two small ponds,…
Seatuck sent a copy of the following letter to every New York Senate Member, urging each to support the proposed legislation (Bill S8170) banning household use of high nitrogen fertilizer.       April 16, 2018                                                New York State Senators  Albany, New York 12247   Re: Letter Supporting Long Island Fertilizer Legislation A10276 and S8170 Dear Legislator: Seatuck Environmental Association, Inc. (“Seatuck”) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Long Island wildlife and the natural environment on which…
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 23:31

TED Comments

August 14, 2017 Kim McKown  NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Crustacean Unit Leader 205 N Belle Mead Rd, STE 1 East Setauket, NY 11733 Dear Ms. McKown: The Seatuck Environmental Association, ‘Seatuck’, is a Long Island-based not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is to preserve native wildlife and the natural communities upon which they depend.  To give focus to this effort Seatuck has developed a “Campaign for Wildlife” designed to safeguard, and in some cases restore, such iconic species as river herring, horseshoe crabs, diamondback terrapins, among others.  I write to you in regard to this last species and the Department’s…
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