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“We will be hosting a training webinar on June 23rd, 2021 at 7:00 PM to introduce participants to the iNaturalist app and the bioblitz format. Attendance is not mandatory to participate in the bioblitz but it is recommended. Registration for this webinar is required. You can register here. Please reach out to with any questions.” More about the Bioblitz
The first mosquito larvae survey of the season, in partnership with Suffolk County Vector Control, took place on the Accabonac Harbor Salt marsh on Monday June 14th. Trustees Susan McGraw-Keber and John Aldred, along with other volunteers surveyed their quadrants early Monday morning. The result: due to the low breeding of mosquito larvae there will be no treatment this week! The red dots on the map below indicate the “hot spots” where mosquito larvae were located during the survey. The sampling data are collected and sent to Suffolk County Vector Control for analysis in real time. The data allow Suffolk
Resolution (ID # 24275)Home Rule Request in Support of Senate Bill S 6331, Assembly Bill A. 7030 Supported and introduced to the Assembly and Senate by Assemblyman Fred Thiele.  The resolution will provide for staggered terms of the East Hampton Town Trustees to provide stability and continuity to their commitment to current projects.  In addition, instead of 18 candidates every two years, the top five elected candidates who receive the highest votes will serve four years and the other four elected candidates will serve 2 years. The East Hampton Town Board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution. 
Good News! Accabonac Harbor- Friday, May 21, 2021 – we did a salt marsh walk through the various polygons we survey during the summer months for Suffolk County Vector in an effort to identify the mosquito larvae breeding “hot spots” – this enables SCV to specifically target treatment weekly- during past summers, there had been overall spraying of pesticides—-now, as a direct result of our surveying and collecting data, there is targeted treatment and there have been weeks when no treatment was needed! A step in the right direction- Continued data collection is scheduled for Summer 2021. More Good News!
Teachers and mentors, Briar Rose DeTommaso and Brian Schopfer of Avenue Studio Hamptons in East Hampton worked with the students on their service based learning project that involved advocating with local officials, collaborating with the local Surfrider Chapter and utilizing the design thinking framework to support change making in the local environment.  In addition, the students advocated for clean beaches/waters and during a beach clean-up where they videotaped their reason for participating and encouraged community members to sign their petition.  Students created a petition that is on to ban the sale and distribution of helium and gas filled balloons in the Town of
Cate Rogers, Sofia Mendoza, Beatriz Rivas, Betty Mazur, Susan McGraw-Keber. Photo by Durell Godfrey On Saturday, April 24th beach clean-up volunteers spent the morning collecting trash from the beaches of Maidstone Beach, Gerard Drive, and Louse Point. Organized by the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee and Accabonac Protection Committee, the weather was perfect and the volunteers came prepared with buckets, bags, gloves, garbage pickers, and masks! Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Susan McGraw-Keber, Cate Rogers. Cate Rogers, a member of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee, had this to say about the turn-out at Louse Point, “Thank you to the volunteers who came out to help
The East Hampton Town Trustees are currently reading the applications submitted by seniors of the East Hampton High School in the hope they will garner the highest vote from the Trustee board members to be awarded the annual gift of funds from the Captain William J. Rysam Scholarship Fund. The funds will help the student with their college tuition expenses.  The Trustees are particularly interested in students who express their knowledge and history of the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of East Hampton as the first governing body established in 1686 and of the Dongan Patent. The applicant
East Hampton Town Trustees announce proposed work plan for fisheries in conjunction with the South Fork Wind project. Over a five year period the study will provide crucial insights into the potential effect of the electro magnetic fields of the wind turbines on sea life, if any. See the plan: Work Plan ››› Stony Brook University researchers tagging winter flounder.
The East Hampton Town Trustees will pick -up Student Applications from the East Hampton High School Counseling Office on April 9th. Reception to Honor Local Organizations, East Hampton High School Library, May 7th @ 5:30pm just prior to the Awards – (tentative) Local Scholarship Awards Night – East Hampton High School Auditorium, May 27th @6:00pm (tentative) We look forward to reading each student’s application!  
Great Ecology is currently permitting a coastal erosion control plan developed by project partner EcoShore International to halt and ideally reverse continued coastal erosion at a beach in East Hampton, NY. The beach has lost hundreds of feet of depth over the last century and is putting current homeowners along the beach at risk of losing their homes within a decade. Read Complete Article
Terrapin Excluder Devices (TEDs) are now required on crab pots placed in shallow coastal waters. Available FREE of charge, courtesy @JohnTurner of Seatuck Environmental Association at the East Hampton Town Trustees offices located on the corner of Bluff Road and Atlantic Avenue in Amagansett. Please call in advance to pick one up due to the pandemic restrictions. 631-267-8688. For additional information contact Seatuck Environmental Association offices: 631-581-6908. NYSDEC Terrapin Excluder Devices (TEDs) Flyer
The dredging of Georgica Pond is done annually by the East Hampton Town Trustees. A permit from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, (NYSDEC) provides for 15,000 cubic yards of sand to be removed from the mouth and 950 cubic yards of sand to be removed from Georgica Cove. Every year during the winter months the ocean currents, waves, and wind fill the lower portion of the pond with sand. The dredging of the bottom of the pond helps to balance the influx of sand from the ocean. Large amounts of sand that accumulate in the pond reduces the necessary circulation

Statement from Orsted Regarding Mooring System in Use

“As part of the fish monitoring study outlined in the SFW Fisheries Study Work Plan, the Stony Brook University team is conducting a regular visit to the sensor array off Wainscott today to collect data from sensors, replace batteries, and deploy new retrievable moorings alongside the previous moorings. As the Stony Brook team is deploying new moorings alongside the existing moorings there’s no change to the mariners briefing, our standard method for updating mariners on the presence of equipment in navigational waters. Members of the fisheries outreach team, in collaboration with the research team, have worked with the fishing community to select an alternative mooring, one that is smaller, lightweight and retrievable, and is more compatible with commercial fishing in response to the feedback we’ve received from the community on original deployment of cement moorings.”

Images of the mooring system and a diagram are shown below.

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