November 15 and 16, 2012 First Long Island Natural History Conference – Brookhaven Laboratories
October 18 – 21, 2012 – New York State Outdoors Educator Annual Conference
October 2, 2012 – Aquifer Hearing Tonight!
September 15, 2012 – Harbor and Beach Cleanup. Meet at Theodore Roosevelt Park Gazebo. Cleanup is from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please bring your own work gloves!
August 29, 2012 – Water Security: Bringing Long Island Together to Protect our Aquifers and Drinking Water Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway. Sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth.
August 26, 2012 – Goodwill From the Grill – Good food for a GREAT cause! – come join us at the Whole Foods Jericho Store from 12:00 – 4:00 for some barbecue. Net proceeds for the day goes to support Friends of the Bay, so please come out and support us!
April 17, 2012, Long Island Earth Summit, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm Hosted by Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
February 23, 2012: DEC Issues Fact Sheet on Field Investigation Underway at State Superfund Site: Results will Help to Evaluate Ways to Address Contamination: Mill Neck Marina Investigation
May 31 2011: Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee (OB/CSH PC)
The Oyster Bay/ Cold Spring Harbor watershed located on the north shore of Long Island, New York is a 40 square mile watershed that has been subject to increasing environmental threatsin recent years. These include illegal dumping, polluted stormwater, development pressureand impairments to shellfishing, public bathing, fish consumption, habitat/hydrology, aquatic life and recreation.
In order to help protect and enhance the water quality of these two harbors and their tributaries in the most cost-efficient and effective manner, a watershed-wide inter-municipal committee was recently formed. Sixteen (16) of the eighteen (18) municipalities located within the watershed have so far agreed to join the committee, which is known as the Oyster Bay / Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee (OB/CSH PC).
On December 27, the Centre Island Zoning Board of Appeals denied the applicants request for several variances that would have allowed for the building of a house on an environmentally sensitive Centre Island Beach.
According to state law, three members of the five-member board have to vote in favor of the variances in order to approve them. Because one recused himself and another has moved from Centre Island, only three members voted. Two voted in favor of the variances. One brave member voted against them to prevent this potentially harmful development.
The ZBA member that acted to protect the beach said there were several factors in her decision. She noted that the entire parcel of land is below the 12-foot elevation required by the Village of Centre Island’s building code. She also pointed out that the proposed septic system would be built on a beach situated between Oyster Bay and a tidal wetland that is regularly flooded.
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