Tag: The Nature Conservancy

From Newsday 6-08-13 — Carl LoBue and Christopher Gobler Weigh in On Algal Blooms This Spring and How the Breach Is (Thus Far) Sparing The Great South Bay From Brown Tide

The dreaded brown tide is back in some South Shore bays, threatening everything from eelgrass to scallops, but Great South Bay has been spared so far thanks to superstorm Sandy, a marine scientist said Friday.

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Update: Save The Great South Bay CORRECTLY Predicts: Widespread Beach Closings Throughout Long Island in the Wake of Tropical Storm Andrea

You really don't need a crystal ball for this prediction: Tropical Storm Andrea will dump up to three inches of rain on Long Island Friday into Saturday. That rain will in turn wash septic water into our rivers, streams, ponds, and bays, and with that will force the closure of a number of Long Island beaches over this coming weekend. These days, a good downpour brings many millions of gallons of contaminated, septic water from the land to the water. With over 100,000 septic tanks in Suffolk County, when it rains our waters suffer. The bacteria counts explode and our beaches become hazards. The water literally becomes dangerous to be in. So as night follows day, a heavy rain will close the beaches. The same thing happened on Memorial Day Weekend. Heavy rains, it was reported, closed the following beaches:

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What Mother Nature and The New Inlet Can’t Do — A Bay in Peril

With The New Inlet, Mother Nature's true gift was to give us but a glimpse of what the Great South Bay was and could be again. It's a challenge to us to take action. Next summer, will The New Inlet even be there, whether because of nature or man? Then what? The bay starts to die again. Here's what Mother Nature alone can't fix, and what we must fix if we want this bay all the way back, New Inlet or no New Inlet:

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