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Microplastics are tiny bits of of plastic (<5mm diameter) that float in seawater then enter the food web to cause harm and death to wildlife. Little was know about the abundance of microplastics within sediments along the south shore of Long Island and the Great South Bay — until now.  Leanna Balestra spent the summer of 2019 as a Water Quality Conservation Intern for Seatuck Environmental Association, collecting and evaluating the microplastic content of beach sand samples.  She brought her intense interest, dedication and previous experience at Griffith University of Australia with her. In addition, Leanna was awarded two grants,…
 Seatuck Letter - Proposed Expansion of the islip Town Bay Bottom Leasing Program
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,…
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