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Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I-East Northport) joined over 30 federal, state and local officials to sign a letter from Gov. Andrew Cuomo informing President Obama that New York will take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if the planned dumping of dredged materials from Connecticut is approved. The EPA has issued a rule that […]

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Due to the heavy rainfall on Friday, July 29, 2016, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued an advisory against bathing at 62 beaches. The advisory is based on the potential that the presence of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards will impact these areas.
The beaches covered by the advisory […]

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an ozone health advisory for the Long Island region. Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken advises that young children, the elderly, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, limit strenuous outdoor activity. Ozone […]

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Recent sampling performed by SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Spring Lake in Middle Island, Setauket Mill Pond in Setauket, Georgica Pond in East Hampton, and Wainscott Pond in Wainscott.
Currently, cyanobacteria blooms exist at the following Suffolk County locations:

Spring Lake, Middle Island
Setauket Mill Pond, Setauket
Wainscott Pond, […]

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New Cyanobacteria Blooms

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Recent sampling performed by SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Old Town Pond  in Southampton.
Currently, cyanobacteria blooms exist at the following Suffolk County locations:
o   Mill Pond, Southampton
o   Maratooka Pond, Mattituck
o   Agawam Lake, Southampton
o   Old Town Pond, Southampton
o   Lake Ronkonkoma
Due to these findings, health officials ask residents […]

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Online component of the course being developed by Cornell Cooperative to provide flexibility and easy access for course completion
 
County Executive Bellone announced that of as part of the County’s required Turf Management Classes, the County has contracted with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) to develop an online-based class that landscapers may take in their own home […]

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Parks Department Works to Maintain Beach Access While Adhering to Federal Guidelines to Protect the Piping Plovers
  
“Plover season has arrived”, announced the Suffolk County Parks Department, and  with that inevitably comes the unfortunate obligation to close access to some outer beach areas within the Parks as required by the federal government.
The piping plovers are small, […]

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently announced that soil scientist and wastewater management expert Justin Jobin has joined Suffolk County’s water quality team of engineers, scientists and public health professionals working to address the region’s nitrogen pollution crisis.

“I am both proud and grateful to add Justin’s unique expertise in identifying and managing innovative wastewater solutions […]

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Members of the Commack Middle School Nature Explorers and Earth Protectors Club put their eco-enthusiasm to work, sponsoring a school-wide plastic bag collection. They collected (and counted) 1,873 plastic bags, which will now be recycled, and not wind up in a landfill or as litter.
 
Club members are passionate about preserving our environment and want to […]

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Peconic River Recreation Advisory

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On December 15, 2015, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued an advisory to residents to take precautions before recreating on the tidal portion of the Peconic River (east of Grangebel Park) due to the possible residual effects of inadequately treated wastewater discharged from the Riverhead sewage treatment plant.
The treatment plant is currently being […]

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