Environment

After reef therapy, LI waterways feeling much better

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s artificial-reef program has migrated north, with a fresh deployment of inorganic materials creating a new “marine habitat” in the Long Island Sound. One year after dumping hundreds of tons of recycled materials three miles off the South Shore – including chunks of the blowed-up-real-good Tappan Zee Bridge – Albany’s Artificial Reef Initiative is looking to increase fishing and recreational opportunities off Nassau County’s North Shore with a similar…

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Albany makes shell of an investment in Island waters

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is throwing $10.4 million into Long Island coastal waters in an effort to improve water quality and bolster seaside economies by restoring native shellfish populations. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Halesite Fire Department in Huntington Wednesday to announce the dedicated grant program, which includes five new sanctuary sites in Suffolk and Nassau and expanded public shellfish hatcheries in both counties. As shellfish like clams and oysters are natural…


The war for Long Island’s environmental soul

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State may be a national environmental leader, but it’s not as easy being green on Long Island, where an environmental civil war is raging. Both sides claim the “green” flag in this conflict, which pits the Island’s past against its future – represented here by old-school NIMBY behaviors and new-age solar harvesting – and ripples across multiple markets. Insiders say the issue will not only decide the fate of two…


As Trump ‘abdicates,’ Climate Alliance picks up slack

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord. The alliance – launched in May, just hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide greenhouse-gas action plan – this week flipped the switch on its first website, an online hub designed “to inform Americans on state…


Facing ‘reckless’ Trump, the Empire State strikes back

By GREGORY ZELLER // Despite President Donald Trump’s best efforts, the entirety of the trillion-dollar clean-energy industry won’t be leaving America for more forward-thinking lands – not if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and friends have their way. Still lamenting “the White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris accord” – an international global-warming agreement targeting worldwide greenhouse gas reductions, negotiated by 195 countries through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Cuomo on…


After ’embarrassing’ decision, a most hostile climate

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to abandon the Paris climate accord has met with swift and punishing reactions from around the globe – with some of the sharpest vitriol spewing from Long Island and New York State. Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said the president “made America into an international laughing stock as a fossil fool.” Attorney Heather Leibowitz, director of New York…


Testing, testing everywhere, to keep it safe to drink

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany is diving deeper into Long Island’s groundwater plumes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to expedite containment of groundwater plumes in Nassau County, starting with an “immediate engineering investigation,” according to the governor’s office. The plumes were created through years of industrial solvents leaking into the groundwater at a Bethpage site once jointly occupied by the U.S. Navy and defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The…