SMARTeams Workshop at Accabonac Harbor

On Monday, May 9th, The Nature Conservancy‘s Dr. Nicole Maher organized the first of two meetings at the East Hampton TNC offices where she introduced a panel of experts in the first training segment of the restoration model and approach to the development of conceptual restoration designs for Accabonac Harbor’s salt marsh.

Guest speakers included Suffolk County Vector Control director, Tom Iwanejko, Dr. David Burdick, the Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Susan Adamowicz, salt marsh eco-system scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Geoff Wilson of the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts, and Dr. Wenley Ferguson, director of habitat restoration for Save the Bay (Narragansett Bay) Rhode Island.

The next development will be to identify the first area of the salt marsh to restore and mitigate and to design a specifically tailored conceptual plan with the expertise of the SMARTeam members and engineers.

Photos by Susan McGraw-Keber

Photographs of the SMARTeams Academy Workshop at Accabonac Harbor to walk various polygons to review the condition of the marsh, runnels, and mosquito larvae noted "hotspots" as identified over the last four years of surveying by "citizen scientists" for Suffolk County Vector Control.
SMARTeams workshop at Accabonac Harbor gather on the saltmarsh to begin the 3 mile walk to review the marsh and identify the mosquito larvae water hotspots. Included in this photo – Residents and members of Accabonac Protection Committee (APC), Joyce Novak, Director of Peconic Estuary Partnership, East Hampton Town Trustees John Aldred and Susan McGraw-Keber, Alexis, a member of the NYSDEC (Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of East Hampton Natural Resources and Planning Departments.

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