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4.6.11 – Sewage Treatment Disks

4.6.11 – Sewage Treatment Disks

Last week I sent out an appeal to our supporters through Constant Contact and Facebook regarding thousands of small sewage treatment disks were released by accident from a wastewater treatment plant which is being constructed in Mamaroneck.  The disks are shaped like wagon wheels, and are about the size of a quarter.  They are made of high density polyethylene, a non toxic plastic that is used for milk cartons and food storage containers.

We wanted to know if and where these disks have been sighted along our beaches and shorelines.  Literally within minutes of the first email being sent, I received calls and emails that these disks washed up in the hundreds on the soundside beaches in Bavyille, on the shorelines of Cove Neck and in Mill Neck Creek. This data will provide valuable information as to how far and quickly the disks have floated. This information could prove very useful if for example, there were a sewage or some other kind of contaminant spill in western Long Island sound.

This story further demonstrated two things I have always known – 1) that Friends of the Bay supporters are the best – you truly care about our harbors and bays, want to help protect them and keep them not only beautiful, but healthy.   And, 2) that Oyster Bay is a microcosm of the wider world – just last week I wrote a review of Moby Duck which describes one individual’s efforts to see how a flotilla of rubber ducks dispersed around the world.  Here is the same situation right in our own front yard.

If you see any of these disks, whether within the harbor or on the soundside beaches, please notify me at Friends of the Bay – p.aitken@friendsofthebay.org.  If possible, send a picture, the location, and how many of these disks you saw.

It is a good thing our spring beach cleanup is coming soon!  We’ll have some extra debris to pick up it seems.  So Save the Date of Saturday, May 7.  We’ll be meeting at Theodore Roosevelt Park, at 8:30 am.   Last year, the Baymen, Friends of the Bay supporters and the Town of Oyster Bay removed 24 tons of debris!

Another way to show your support of the work of Friends of the Bay is to join us on the night of May 6 at the home of Stefanie and Frank Leone to Launch The Season!  Friends of the Bay supporters will be gathering to kick off the start of summer fun on the water.  We have terrific live auction items –  sunset and power boat cruises, a shark watch trip from Montauk, as well as our famous treasure chests!  Oyster Bay’s own Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling is our celebrity auctioneer.  Its our major fundraiser of the year, so please show your support for our local environment.  Call 516-922-6666 or email info@friendsofthebay for more information.