Geothermal energy gets new mass market push on LI

But are Long Islanders ready for systems that require pipes 350 feet into the ground and cost upward of $45,000?

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New Dandelion Geothermal facility opens in Bay Shore

At a ribbon cutting at the new Bay Shore facility, Michael Sachse, CEO of Dandelion Geothermal, explains how the company's geothermal heating and cooling solutions will help save Long Islanders on their monthly costs.

Tons of litter cleared from roadways in Earth Day 'Trash Blitz'

DOT workers took part on LI, on Heckscher State Parkway near Exit 45 in East Islip.

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State DOT workers help clear roadways of trash on Earth Day

For Earth Day, NYSDOT workers got together to collect and dispose of litter along roads,...

Experts assess impact of climate change on LI

In the week leading up to Earth Day, experts interviewed gave their view of Long Island's environmental future as it grapples with climate change.

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Waste-to-gas facility breaks ground in Yaphank amid complaints

Neighbors fear the new anaerobic digester would contribute to the area becoming the 'garbage capital of Long Island without any public planning process.'

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National Grid vows no fossil fuels, more 'green' gas, by 2050

But critics say the vision keeps gas-burning systems in place longer than state goals, and sustains a gas distribution network that should be phased out.

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Northrop Grumman to pay federal government $35M for plume cleanup 

Grumman will pay the federal government for cleanup at the company's former Bethpage plant under an agreement reached this week.

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Grumman, Navy to pay Bethpage Water District $49M to treat groundwater contamination

A consent judgment filed in federal court would settle litigation and provide the district with enough money to operate treatment systems, retire construction debt and drill a new supply well outside of the plume.

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State proposes wild turkey hunting season in Suffolk for 2023

Department of Environmental Conservation draft rules could give wild turkey hunters a 2023 spring turkey season in Suffolk.

Waters in West Islip Superfund site cleaned, state says

The $20 million cleanup had previously taken out more than 80,000 tons of soil and sediment, the DEC commissioner said. The property is being redeveloped.

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'Forever chemicals' found in Suffolk's private water wells, data shows

The chemicals, perflourinated compounds also known as PFAS, have been linked to immune system problems, cancers and other health impacts, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Homeowners say more LIers need their water wells tested

Owners of private water wells are concerned over a lack of testing and an increase of contaminants on Long Island. Newsday's Steve Langford reports. 

Seal's wayward waddle ends with a rescue in Riverside

Southampton Town police were able to surround and rescue the harbor seal after it made its way to a Riverside intersection.

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Peconic Bay scallops are making late-season comeback

After years of scallop die-offs, harvesters are reporting an uptick in recent landings.

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New trails blazed for Long Island birders to watch

A slew of new birding trails opened Thursday across Long Island, part of a program by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to accommodate "one of New York's fastest-growing recreation and tourism activities."

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New allegation emerges in lawsuit: Grumman polluted Bethpage's air, too

A new federal class-action lawsuit alleges Grumman's most significant exposure to carcinogens and extensive release of toxic chemicals in Bethpage came from not the water or the soil, but the air. Newsday's Shari Einhorn reports.

New allegation emerges in lawsuit: Grumman polluted Bethpage's air, too

Lawyers seeking to create a medical monitoring fund are arguing that the aerospace giant annually released thousands of pounds of hexavalent chromium and millions of pounds of TCE into the atmosphere. Grumman's corporate successor, Northrop Grumman, says the case is without evidence.  

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Study: Diesel emissions will kill more than 100 on LI next year

Report by Boston-based Clean Air Task Force also says emissions will cause an estimated $1 billion in local economic damage.

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U.S. sets large auction for LI-NJ wind-energy leases

In the nation's largest wind-energy auction, six new areas -- nearly a half million acres -- will be offered to developers next month.

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Breach near Smith Point created in 2012 continues to close

Aerial photos show the breach is less than half of what it was following Superstorm Sandy.

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Stranded and cold, sea turtle saved by fast-acting volunteer

Intrigued after seeing rehabilitated seals and sea turtles released last summer, volunteer Robert Moraghan took the New York Marine Rescue Center's training last year, so he knew just what to do when he spotted the Atlantic green sea turtle last month at Towd Point, about 5 miles north of Southampton.

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Cold-stun turtle season sets in later than normal

Two East End nonprofits - the Marine Rescue Center and the Hampton Bays-based American Marine...

Advocates: NY 8th in U.S. in sites possibly contaminated by PFA chemicals

Long Island has 445 potential spots where PFAS may have been used or are being used, possibly polluting the air and drinking water, according to a map created by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. 

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Suffolk begins $409M sewer infrastructure project

The project, which will connect nearly 6,000 homes to the sewer system, is aimed at preventing such cesspool pollutants as nitrogen from emptying into the southern bays.

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Heavy rains help to expand 'dead zones' in Long Island Sound, scientists say

After the heavy rains of Henry and Ida, Stony Brook professor Christopher Gobler said: "The dead zone expanded all across the Long Island Sound, from the city all the way well into central Suffolk."

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Environmentalists assess Long Island's waterways

Too much rain and still way too much nitrogen were the twin causes of this summer's overly abundant algae blooms and critically low-oxygen dead zones, scientists said.

State formalizes agreement with Grumman to clean up pollution

The state will over the next 30 days accept public comments on the plan, which includes $60 million for the state and local water districts.

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If you see it, kill it: Why this pretty bug has experts sounding alarms

The spotted lanternfly may be pleasing to the eye, but the invasive insect, which has turned up on Long Island, can be very destructive. Experts explain why they are asking the public to slay them on sight.

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Long Island's summer of 2021 brought algae, sharks

The algae flourished in warm, nitrogen-polluted waters and sharks chased recovering bunker fish populations toward shore.

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LI weekly water quality report: Mixed conditions

Approximately half of the sites tested on Long Island this week had fair water quality, while the other half were about evenly split between good and poor quality.

Gilgo State Park, wracked by recent storms, reopens

The oft-eroded state park in Babylon beloved by four-wheel drivers, anglers and surfers reopened Friday at 4 p.m. after a brief closure.   

Advisories issued against swimming at 12 beaches in Suffolk County

Many beaches across Long Island have been subject to advisories over the past week after heavy rains.

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DEC posts shellfish area closures for Labor Day weekend

Three areas on the North Shore are typically closed to shellfishing around this time due to increased boating activity

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Tropical Storm Henri likely fouled some bodies of water, scientists say

Tropical Storm Henri caused surprisingly widespread bacterial contamination in Long Island's waters and thus likely fueled algae blooms, though the storm's winds and rain were far less destructive for Long Island than initially feared, scientists said. 

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LI weekly water quality report: Mostly fair conditions

About 70% of the 29 sites tested on Long Island this week had fair water quality, and four were deemed to have poor conditions.

Vessel sunk to expand artificial reef off Fire Island

A retired 55-foot luxury cruiser named "Big Time" is the latest steel hulk to be added to the reef as part of the state's effort to beef up Long Island's coastlines.

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DEC sinks vessel on Fire Island reef

The state DEC on Thursday announced the deliberate sinking of the vessel "Big Time," a 55-foot steel luxury Feadship cruiser built in 1956, on the Fire Island Reef as part of the state's ongoing efforts to expand New York's network of artificial reefs.

Gilgo State Park closed after Henri pounds away sand, officials say

Tropical Storm Henri churned up waters around Gilgo State Park so much that it is too narrow in some sections to allow two-way traffic at the site where off-road vehicles tread.

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LI weekly water quality report: Just one poor site on North Shore

Northport Harbor was the only site on the North Shore to register poor water quality in the latest round of testing by a team from Stony Brook University.

'Just a matter of time': Climate change forecast dire for Long Island

Continued erosion is just one of the local impacts of human-caused, greenhouse gas emissions and the consequent shifts in the weather that's changing the planet and Long Island.

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Montauk facing water quality concerns at Fort Pond, other locations

A harmful algae is blooming near the Fort Pond boat ramp, shortly after a possible septic leak from a nearby business, officials said on Friday, while 14 spots in that village and others in East Hampton Town have medium or high levels of bacteria.

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New app offers information on LI waterways, shores

The app, developed by Stony Brook University scientists who study the environment, tracks and displays real-time information about Long Island's waterways and shores.

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LI weekly water quality report: Mixed, but improved, conditions

Just two out of the 29 sites tested this week were deemed to have poor water quality.

Officials: Nassau beach closed due to high bacteria levels

A second beach, Philip Healey in Massapequa, also remained shut because of elevated bacteria levels, the Nassau Department of Health said in a statement.

Check pool filters, trees for Asian longhorned beetles, state DEC says

The long-legged insects have bored into and killed thousands of trees around the country, the DEC says, so it is asking New Yorkers to help out with a late-summer survey.

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Cold Spring Harbor faces outbreak of toxic algae

This variety of red tide, called dinophysis, "can get into shellfish; so far there is no evidence that's happened yet — but we're going to be testing for that," said Christopher Gobler, endowed chair of coastal ecology and conservation at Stony Brook University. 

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Abandoned black swans scooped up in Southold

The pair of swans, with their midnight plumage and red, white-tipped beaks, were caught by kayaking volunteers and neighbors.

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LI weekly water quality report: More sites rated poor

Eight sites were deemed to have poor water quality in this week's Long Island Water Quality Report, up from seven last week and five the week before that.

Bathing advisory issued for Hewlett Point Beach

The advisory will be lifted tomorrow unless more heavy rain falls or testing reveals unhealthy levels of bacteria, Nassau health officials said in a statement.