Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off […]

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them.  But […]

Grading New York’s Harbors

Grading New York’s Harbors

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Many people first listen to the forecast of a hurricane or another destructive force of nature with a certain detachment. Though early forecasts are a call to action, it’s easy to be apathetic. When the event is days or a week away, rising water levels, flooding, catastrophic heat, or devastating cold just doesn’t feel […]

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain Suzanne “Suky” Cannon lives the life that many boaters dream of having. She lives aboard Shambala, a 41-foot sloop classic built by Morgan Catalina, and travels where she likes. “Shambala is my home, and I do travel with her to various locations. I call it the turtle lifestyle. She is new to me, and […]

Lighter Footprints

Lighter Footprints

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Human-caused climate change is an issue of our time. While no figures are available for recreational boating greenhouse gas emissions, the National Marine Manufacturers Association says that over 87 million Americans participate in recreational boating at least once yearly. If over 35 percent of the population engages in a motor-driven activity, chances are that carbon […]

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

So much of what we do and use affects our waters, yet I’d venture that there’s none among us who says, “I’m going to damage the ecosystem today.” Rather, we just go about our lives, doing what we always do — use, toss, flush, release, wrap, and other actions that are mindless and seem harmless. […]

Become a Green Boater

Become a Green Boater

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  We all want a non-polluting boating environment with clear waters, clean beaches, and healthy marine life. While we cannot control every assault on our environment, boaters can curtail or eliminate our human-generated pollution. Petroleum products are high on the list of marine foulers. Before you leave your slip, take a look over the side […]

Pack Your Bags!

Pack Your Bags!

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Plastic bags accompany just about every purchase we make — even for an item we could easily carry out without one. The numbers are staggering: U.S. consumers annually use approximately 380 billion plastic bags to transport purchased goods for an average of only 12 minutes! After those dozen minutes, what happens? Bags that […]

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Some environmental issues are hard to tackle. It’s a hassle and an expense to sell a gas-guzzling car and replace it with an electric one, and it usually doesn’t happen at the snap of a finger. However, reducing plastic and aerosol can waste is pretty easy — you just cease using disposable straws and properly […]

Easy Steps to Clean our Waterways

Easy Steps to Clean our Waterways

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

We can easily take water for granted. It flows from the faucets and it keeps our boats afloat, so what’s there to think about, really? Actually, there’s a lot to focus on, as our drinking supplies are vulnerable, waterways are sullied, and marine creatures are jeopardized. Though that sounds more like a job for a […]

Give Back to the Bays This Holiday Season

Give Back to the Bays This Holiday Season

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  When the holiday season is upon us, you may wonder what to get that special boater or water-lover on your list. If you’re seeking a meaningful gift that gives back to Long Island’s bays, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program has you covered! The first opportunity involves a lot of tasty fun for […]

Make Your Last Straw the Last Straw

Make Your Last Straw the Last Straw

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever felt as if you had just reached your last straw? If you are passionate about clean waters, it’s actually a good thing to reach your last straw — join the movement! Jackie Nunez is an all-around water-lover. She’s a sailor, paddler, and Blue Mind advocate for cleaner waters. In 2011, she founded […]

Strengthening Our Coast

Strengthening Our Coast

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone affected by the battering blows delivered by Superstorm Sandy knows our coasts are fragile in the face of nature’s fury. That’s why people like Helen Cheng are hard at work creating resiliency programs for coastal communities. Cheng is the coastal resilience specialist (Jamaica Bay) for New York Sea Grant, part of the National Sea […]

Keeper of Clean Waters

Keeper of Clean Waters

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.   While we’re out boating, the sad reality is that we often spot trash. You scoop it out, but you wonder how dirty water affects everything — boating, marine creatures, and safe drinking levels. Marc Yaggi and the Waterkeeper Alliance think about that as well, as they work to protect our precious water resources […]

Boaters, Make a Difference

Boaters, Make a Difference

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As boaters likely reap the most pleasure from our local waters, we should protect the marine environment. Protecting pristine waters, clean beaches, and a viable marine habitat is something we owe ourselves and future generations. I’ve witnessed the destruction caused by careless ways — a gull’s wing fouled by a plastic bag, a sea turtle’s […]

Eco-Friendly Parties

Eco-Friendly Parties

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boating, one of life’s great joys, is enhanced by clean waterways. As we take our enjoyment from the waters, we should also safeguard our delicate resources when planning seaside celebrations including weddings and other parties. Services and products that allow us to reduce our impact on the earth have become more readily available and […]

Seas-ing on Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Seas-ing on Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. With reports that the seas are rising at the fastest rate in the last 28 centuries, now is the time to take action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concentrations of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases) increase earth’s average temperature, influence […]

Floatable Trash

Floatable Trash

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

While working my way through obtaining a marine science degree, I was lucky enough to be taken on as a vet tech at an animal hospital. It was in Mamaroneck, a lovely town in Westchester with a pretty little harbor on the Long Island Sound. I was struck at the time by how often we […]

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

How Does Your Raingarden Grow?

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Created as a way to mimic the natural water retention areas that existed before an area was developed, raingardens have grown in size and popularity over the last decade, expanding to both residential use as well as in the commercial building industry. Rusty Schmidt, co-author of The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens, is a […]

What’s Your Water Footprint?

What’s Your Water Footprint?

Long Island is unique in many ways; there’s no exception when it comes to our water supply. Unlike the freshwater steered from upstate to New York City via extensive pipes and aqueducts, Long Islanders get 100 percent of our drinking water from under our feet. We have a system of underground aquifers (water-bearing rocks) which […]

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

Wardrobe to Water Pollution

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Plastic waste in our waterways can be quite an eyesore. Bags and containers litter shorelines, clog streams and rivers, and form floating trash heaps in the middle of the ocean, imposing harmful effects on the environment and resulting in often deadly consequences to marine life. Additionally, there are lesser known and potentially more pervasive plastic […]

Be Careful What You Flush

Be Careful What You Flush

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wet wipes, long used for baby care, have grown increasingly popular with adults in recent years. Marketing of flushable wipes as a cleaner, fresher option than dry toilet paper alone has resonated with consumers. According to the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, pre-moistened wipes are currently a $6 billion-a-year industry, and growing. The product’s […]

It’s Time to Ban Microbeads

It’s Time to Ban Microbeads

.   When we brush our teeth in the mornings and wash our faces at night, most of us don’t consider these acts to be harmful in any way. But for many (myself included), the toothpaste, soaps, and facial washes we’ve had in our homes contain tiny plastic microbeads that are leeching into our water […]

Overwhelming the Water

Overwhelming the Water

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The gentle lapping of the water against the shoreline is a sound many Long Islanders cherish. Some pay exorbitant amounts of money to live where they may hear it as they wake up in the morning; others dream of doing so. Long Islanders feel spiritually connected to water and bound by it physically. Few […]

Blue-Green Harmful Algal Blooms

Blue-Green Harmful Algal Blooms

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Summer’s heat creates an ideal condition for blue-green algal blooms (cyanobacteria) to form in freshwater lakes and ponds across Long Island. These blooms are a natural part of fresh water ecosystems, and can become massive under the right conditions of sunlight, temperature, and nutrient concentrations. They discolor the water and leave scum and […]

Strong Storms, Weak Coasts

Strong Storms, Weak Coasts

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Carol. Donna. Gloria. Bob. Irene. Sandy. The names are part of our history. Since the 1930s, Long Island’s storm vulnerability has been known, yet little was done until 2011 when Irene, a relatively small hurricane, hit the region. When Sandy struck the following year, a sense of immediacy for storm preparedness resonated with policymakers. […]

Blue Water, Green Boat: Back to the Bays

Blue Water, Green Boat: Back to the Bays

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s (CCE) Marine Program. The celebration’s focus is on connecting residents and visitors to Long Island’s bays and showing the many ways to enjoy our beautiful marine environment. The newly-launched Back to the Bays initiative and the 30 Ways to Give Back […]

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

A Cleaner and Clearer Moriches Bay

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Aram Terchunian, founder of First Coastal, an environmental services company, approached the Westhampton Dunes Barrier Beach Preservation Association in 2012 with the idea of bringing the community together to care for Moriches Bay and improve its water quality, they jointly created the Moriches Bay Project®. While the project’s creators were enthusiastic, we could not […]

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 as storm surges surpassed record highs for the region. This monstrous storm caused $6.7 billion in property damage on Long Island’s waterfront and displaced many residents from their homes for prolonged periods of time. With sea levels rising and the potential for more frequent and […]

The Color of Sand

The Color of Sand

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The shores of the Bahamas are tinted pink with bits of coral. Shale makes the beaches of Shelter Cove in California a stark shade of grey. Hawaiian sands get their many vibrant hues courtesy of volcanic lava. The captivating bi-colored beaches of Fire Island, New York are made of quartz and feldspar. Within the finest, […]

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