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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…
Monday, 24 October 2016 21:30

Comments on FIMP

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally released their long-awaited Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) plan earlier this year. The plan, which will (hopefully) come with more than $1 billion in funding, will have a significant impact on Long Island coastal policy for many decades to come. It is especially important for Fire Island and the Great South Bay. For these reasons, Seatuck invested a good deal time in reviewing the documents (thousands of pages worth!) and meeting with Army Corps and other public officials to fully understand the implications of the plan's various components. Read our full comments…
Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:51

Joining the Clam Survey

Seatuck intern Julie Bozzo helped out with the Town of Brookhaven's annual clam survey this summer. She filed the following report on her experience on the clam survey barge:   The Town of Brookhaven has been conducting shellfish surveys, particularly for hard shell clams, for the last 31years, beginning in 1985. These surveys contain data on clam population demographics in a variety of geographic points in the Great South Bay. Unfortunately, due to poor water quality and overharvesting, the clam population sizes have severely decreased over the course of this survey. The hope is that clam numbers will rebound by…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:12

Comments on Plastic Bag Ban

R.E.: Introductory Resolution 1207 – A Local Law Prohibiting the Distribution of Plastic Carryout Bags Used in Retail Sales - Submitted to Suffolk County Legislature, March 2016 On behalf of the several hundred members of the Seatuck Environmental Association (“Seatuck”), we are writing to express our support for I.R. 1207, which prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags used in retails sales. Seatuck is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1989, which is dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. In pursuing our mission Seatuck advocates for conservation policy, conducts citizen-science research projects and offer a wide-ranging environmental…
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