Environment

Lower nitrogen levels raise the bar along South Shore

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Too Much of a Good Thing File comes the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, now featuring 40 percent less nitrogen. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has flipped the switch on its new Biological Nutrient Removal system, a $19.6 million upgrade – funded by FEMA, via the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services – that’s now stopping thousands of pounds of nitrogen from flowing into Reynolds Channel….

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Acid test: SBU-heavy task force tackles oceanic threat

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island is well-represented on a new state task force assigned to assess and address the health of coastal waters. Stony Brook University, in particular, will be lending significant scientific acumen to the 14-member Ocean Acidification Task Force, which was formed to study the ecological and economic impacts of acidification – increased levels of carbonic acid in the water, caused by dissolved carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, land-based nutrient runoff and…


With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…


For Albany and Hofstra, a true watershed moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new partnership between Albany and Hofstra University is giving Long Island’s scientists of tomorrow a unique opportunity to get their feet wet. A $240,000 stipend from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery will help the Hempstead-based university launch the Bay High School Summer Science Research Fellowship, an intensive five-week program involving environmental research projects at the Mill River Basin watershed, located along Nassau County’s South Shore. The first-year program, which…


An all-you-can-eat buffet for Adelphi’s ladybug army

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s that time of the year at Adelphi University, which is continuing an environmentally friendly tradition this summer with the help of some tiny soldiers. The university, which maintains a treelined 75-acre campus in Garden City, has long eschewed the use of chemical fertilizers in the maintenance of its picturesque lawns, shrubs and other foliage. Manager Robert Conaghan and his grounds crew opt instead for organic fertilizers and a program of…


Environmentally, economically, Climate Alliance soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for the environment: The members of the United States Climate Alliance – now 14 states, and counting, plus Puerto Rico – are collectively on track to meet their portion of U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Bad news for President Donald Trump: The economies of USCA states are growing faster than those in non-USCA states, “demonstrating that fighting climate change and creating jobs go hand-in-hand,” according to Gov. Andrew…


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…