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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. […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The month of April feels like a reward for making it through winter. Sure, it’s a quirky month, but the likelihood is that we won’t be plunged into an extended Arctic chill. In other words, it may be changeable, but April is all about progress. Unless you’re exclusively an ice boater, the factors that matter […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Should we consider March a month to celebrate or overlook? It does usher in the seedlings of spring, but March seemingly specializes in something else — dreary days. Days may get lighter towards month’s end, but they certainly don’t get bright enough fast enough for me. The best way to speed up the brightening is […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the stresses in our everyday world, living the boating lifestyle affords opportunities to escape. Once the dock fades from view, I enjoy a vacation from life’s big and small burdens. As family and friends laugh on the boat, gentle waves, sunshine, and sea creatures distract and soothe. The recipe for short-term relaxation is simple: […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Whether you greet January with a sigh of relief or a wave of disappointment, it’s an attention-grabbing month. Do you make multiple resolutions or decree yourself resolution-free? Either way, you’re likely open to self-improvement. Winter provides boaters with the opportunity to improve. Perhaps calling it an upgrade is more à propos. Let’s […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Really, December — you’re back so soon? It’s hard to believe that within this month, you’ll usher in winter and escort 2016 out the door. Once again, you’ll gather together our loved ones and those we only see once a year. You’ll be so joyous and festive, sprinkling us with good cheer, and then suddenly […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Things I Don’t Miss About Boating Season: Sunscreen streaks on all clothing not white. Endless repetition of It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. People who start every conversation with, Is it hot enough for you? Rain on weekends, sunshine on weekdays. Things I Do Miss About Boating Season: Everything else. I’m lucky enough to […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I like October. It may be sweater weather but it’s not usually coat weather. It’s a time when weekends are great for apple picking, leaf peeping, and football watching, but there’s also lots of time for boating. The days are long enough and the weather mild enough to take a leisurely cruise or an invigorating […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

September is a mixed-up stew of ingredients — extra obligations, warm days, spectacular sunsets occurring just about dinnertime. When weekdays are measured by work and school, the boat becomes a savory respite for a few hours. As warm weekends dwindle, time aboard feels less like feasts and more like desserts. However, dessert is often the […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Whoa, it’s August! I debated whether that should have been a statement, an exclamation, or a question, because it seems to me as if it was just June. Summer was starting, the days were getting longer, and then… the month accelerated into July, which sped by in a whoosh of boating fun. No matter how […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello, July! Do you know how beloved you are by boaters? We open our arms in greeting, we emblazon your sky with wondrous fireworks, and we sing your praises everywhere. The moment I typed that last phrase, I recalled one of Walt Whitman’s beautiful poems. I realized that, even in the midst of our national […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

May might be a tiny word but it’s also a monumental one. Depending on Mother Nature’s quirkiness, we probably boat more in summer than we do in May, but anticipation about the places we’ll go and things we’ll experience is highest now. Since this month marks the start of boating season, I make all my […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a shame that April only has 30 days, as there’s so much to accomplish this month. Now’s the time for choosing where our boat will spend the summer and readying it in a cost-efficient and eco-friendly way. We start frantically declining social invitations that would otherwise strand us on land during quality weekends and […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From where I sit, March has a serious identity crisis. The calendar may designate this month’s waning days as the beginning of spring, but when I set foot outside I’m immediately tempted to spring back inside to escape the cold. Don’t be so fast to disparage March, astronomers would say. They know the earth is […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When February blows itself onto the calendar, I appreciate why people head for warmer climes. I envy them and want to be them. However, at some point (it does vary from year to year), I finish being fed up with February. I look around Long Island and remember the reasons I love living here. Yes, […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you love November and the way this month ushers in a festive time of year? This column isn’t for you, joyful reader! Do you detest the month for its barrenness and the way it stands on the cusp of winter? This column isn’t really for you, either, as you slip rapidly into hibernation. This […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Other months are certainly better for boating Chilly days and nippy nights are here Then again, the leaves along the shore are gorgeous Other boaters depart, leaving the waters wide-open But then again, the temperature’s growing colder Even so, I’ll take any day in October over one in January Right?  

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to the sometimes-unsettled and slightly mysterious month of September! Mother Nature surrounds us in her golden glow and then turns the lights out early. Summer’s heat scurries along on its last legs while autumn’s winds and chills keep sticking their feet in the door. Vacation days used in July and August, many boaters start […]

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