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Friday, 16 June 2017 17:28

Oppose Plastic Bag Bill!

Earlier this week, New York State Senator John Flanagan (R-Smithown, Current President and Majority Leader) introduced a bill (#6717) in the Senate Rules Committee that would void the 2016 Suffolk County legislation enacted to address the plastic bag problem. The Suffolk County law, which was crafted with broad stakeholder input and bipartisan support, imposed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags in an effort to curb their use and reduce the proliferation and negative impacts in the natural environment. Similar fees have produced well-documented bag use reductions in other parts of the country and around the world. Please call or write…
Saturday, 27 May 2017 22:51

Coyote Letter

Earlier this year Seatuck sent the following letter to Governor Cuomo expressing outrage over the Port Authority's recent killing of coyotes at LaGuardia airport:   The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 RE: Coyotes on Long Island Dear Governor Cuomo: On behalf of the membership of the Seatuck Environmental Association – a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Long Island’s wildlife and environment – we are writing to voice our outrage over the recent governmental killing of coyotes in New York City and our alarm about the unwise precedent it sets.…
The river herring run at Parsonage Creek in Baldwin has been elusive in recent years. While we had anectodal evidence that it existed, we weren't able to document it until 2016. As the following video shows, our difficulty may have been the result of the run's preference for nocturnal migration. While river herring certainly migrate during the day in many instances, we have found that in some cases they prefer to move under the cover of darkness. There's little research on this question, but biologists think it may occur in situations with large concentrations of light-dependant predators, such as comorants…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:22

10 Ways Long Island Needs the EPA

Seatuck sent the following letter to Long Island's Congressional delegation today urging them to defend the important work of the EPA. It featured a list of 10 ways Long Island benefits from the agency's work. *     *     *     *     * February 16, 2017 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer United States Senate 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Schumer:             On behalf of the members of the Seatuck Environmenal Association, we write to urge you, for the sake of all Long Islanders (and indeed people throughout New York State…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 23:55

No on Pruitt

January 18, 2017   President-elect Trump has repeatedly said that he intends to be a President for all Americans. His appointment of E. Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency is a troubling sign that perhaps he didn’t have Long Islanders in mind. In countless ways, Long Island depends on the EPA to safeguard our quality of life by protecting our natural environment. EPA works to clean the air we breathe, which has consistently failed to meet air quality standards over the past decade. Future improvements are dependent on EPA’s ability to address pollution from power plants, automobiles and…
Monday, 16 January 2017 23:31

Comments on NPS Breach Management Plan

In late November 2016, Seatuck submitted the following comments on the National Park Services's Draft Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Wilderness Breach (Bellport Inlet?) on Fire Island. We applauch the NPS decision to let the breach alone! Click here to download a PDF of Seatuck's comments. *  *  *  *  * Mr. Chris Soller , Superintendent Fire Island National Seashore 120 Laurel Street Patchogue, NY 11772 RE:          Comments on the Wilderness Breach Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)     Dear Superintendent Soller: These comments on the Wilderness Breach Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement…
Monday, 16 January 2017 23:04

Bunker Management

As anyone fishing or boating (or paying attenton to local news) in 2016 knew, it was a big year for Atlantic Menhaden (aka Bunker) in Long Island's estuaries. In fact, the past few years have seen increasing numbers of the ecologically important fish throughout their range. The Bunker boon, experts say, is largely the result of harvest limits put in place several years ago. In 2017, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be finalizing plans for their future management. After particpating in hearings and a range of discussions and meetings about the issue, Seatuck submitted the following comments on…
Monday, 16 January 2017 22:56

Comments on NYS Sea Level Rise Projections

Click here for a PDF of Seatuck's comment letter. *  *  *  *  *  * Mark Lowery NYS DEC - Office of Climate Change 625 Broadway  Albany, NY 12233-1030 Re: Comments on Proposed Part 490 Dear Mr. Lowery, We submit these comments on behalf of Seatuck Environmental Association, Inc. (“Seatuck”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization advocates for conservation policy across Long Island and operates two coastal, public nature centers: the Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip, where Seatuck is based, and the South Shore Nature Center in East Islip. On a…
Friday, 16 December 2016 10:22

Methoprene Spraying

The 2017 Work Plan for Suffolk County DPW's Vector Control Division is currently before the Suffolk County Legislature for Approval. The plan includes the controvrersial spaying of methoprene to control larval stage mosquitos. While Seatuck supports Vector Control's efforts to educate the public and to restore coastal marshes, we submitted the following comments in opposition to the methoprene component of the plan. The Legislature's Public Works, Transportation & Energy Committee approved the plan on Monday, December 12. The matter will be before the full Legislature on Tuesday, December 20. Written or in-person comments from the public are urged! PDF of…
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