This is happening because our waters are polluted by 100K+ septic tanks in Suffolk, by people who use lawn fertilizer, by 2000 outfall pipes dumping storm runoff into our estuaries, by the continued dysfunction that is The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which was crippled by Sandy, and was providing 85% of the nitrogenous waste in our Western Bays even before that. We overbuilt and never planned. Now our tap water, the water we cook and bathe with is under threat, and we of course can’t clam, fish any more. We CAN and must fix our waters, but it will take a lot of time, money, and awareness.
Effective Saturday, June 8 and extending through Saturday, June 15, 2013, inclusive, the following temporary emergency shellfish closures have been implemented by the NYSDEC due to the potential for extremely heavy rainfall and associated stormwater runoff:
1. Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries.
2. Town of North Hempstead: All that area of Hempstead Harbor lying southerly of a line extending northeasterly from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.
3. Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Hempstead Harbor, Oyster Bay Harbor and all of Cold Spring Harbor lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the stone house on Plum Point (Centre Island) to the northerly side of the beach pavilion at West Neck Beach (Town of Huntington) on the eastern shore of Cold Spring Harbor.
4. Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay and its tributaries lying westerly of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Twin Causeway bridges.
5. Towns of Islip and Brookhaven (south shore): All that area of northern Great South Bay, including Nicoll Bay and Patchogue Bay, lying northerly of a line* extending easterly from the southern base of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway (north side of Captree Island) to Buoy R “6” Fl R 4s (West Channel) to Buoy R “4” Fl R 2.5s (south of Nicoll Point) to Buoy GR “EN” Fl (2+1) G 6s (Nicoll Bay) to Buoy R N “30” (south of Green Point) through Buoys R N “32”, R “34” FL R 2.5s and G “35” Fl G 4s (south of Blue Point) to Buoy R A36″ Fl R 6s (south of Swan River) to Buoy G C A37″ to Buoy G “1” Fl G 2.5s (south of Howells Point) thence proceeding southeasterly from buoy G “1” Fl G 2.5s to the flag tower at Bellport Beach (located on the barrier beach, Fire Island). (*Also known as the East-West Buoy Line)
6. Town of Brookhaven (south shore): All of Bellport Bay lying easterly of a line extending southerly from Howells Point through Buoy G “1” Fl G 2.5s, thence proceeding southeasterly to the flag tower at Bellport Beach; and, all of Moriches Bay and its tributaries.
7. Town of Brookhaven (north shore): All of Stony Brook Harbor, Port Jefferson Harbor and Mount Sinai Harbor.
8. Town of Huntington: All of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor; and, all that area of Huntington Bay lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the southernmost point of East Beach (at the north side of the mouth of Lloyd Harbor) to the southernmost point of West Beach (the southern tip of Sand City beach); AND, all that area of Cold Spring Harbor, lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the stone house on Plum Point (Centre Island) to the northerly side of the beach pavilion at the Town of Huntington West Neck Beach on the eastern shore of Cold Spring Harbor.
9. Town of Smithtown: All that area of Stony Brook Harbor and its tributaries.
10. Town of Riverhead: All that area of Flanders Bay and its tributaries.
11. Town of Southampton: All that area of Flanders Bay, Moriches Bay, Quantuck Bay, Quantuck Canal and Shinnecock Bay and all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southampton.
12. Town of East Hampton: All that area of Northwest Harbor, Three Mile Harbor, Accabonac Harbor, Napeague Harbor, Lake Montauk and all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of East Hampton.
13. Town of Shelter Island: All that area of Coecles Harbor, Dering Harbor, West Neck Harbor, Northwest Harbor and all the creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Shelter Island.
14. Town of Southold: All that area of Cutchogue Harbor, Pipes Cove, Orient Harbor, Hallock (Long Beach) Bay, Hay Harbor, West Harbor and East Harbor on Fishers Island; and, all other creeks, bay, harbors, coves and tributaries within the Town of Southold.