Weather Alert(1)!
"Special Statement" ...Strong thunderstorm will impact Suffolk County... At 411 am EDT...National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Holbrook...or near Ronkonkoma...and moving northeast at 30 mph. Winds up to 40 mph are expected with this storm. Lightning is one of natures number one killers. Remember...if you can hear thunder...you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Move to safe shelter immediately. Lat...Lon 4075 7289 4074 7302 4071 7309 4072 7313 4069 7318 4085 7324 4098 7311 4097 7274 4099 7263 4103 7255 4103 7254 4099 7248 4092 7260 4090 7248 4093 7245 4098 7247 4089 7233 4064 7314 4064 7316 -- Monday Jul.28 14,04:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Senator Ken LaValle Legislation for Moratorium to Halt Mute Swan Elimination Passes Senate

Pets & Animal, Nature & Weather, Local News, Press Releases

If signed into law, the bill would immediately halt the finalizing of the Mute Swan eradication plans.

Albany, NY - June 18, 2014 - Senator Ken LaValle announced today his legislation to immediately halt the eradication of the Mute Swan has passed the State Senate.  The bill (S.6667) establishes a moratorium on the killing of Mute Swans and compels the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold off any decisions until a new independent study is conducted.  
 
If signed into law, the bill would immediately halt the finalizing of the Mute Swan eradication plans; create a board to review the new research, and require the board to report back within 120 days of receiving the study.
 
This legislation will enable DEC policy to follow the science regarding Mute Swans.Now, we will be able to ensure any plan moving forward has the balanced, scientific basis that is necessary. ” Senator LaValle said.
 
Mute swans have graced the ponds and waterways of Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and the shores of Lake Ontario for over 120 years. While not a native species, the swans have become a familiar sight and part of the ecology of these areas. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has filed draft regulations and a draft management plan which would designate the mute swan as a prohibited invasive species and provide for the elimination of the species in New York State through various methods including euthanizing the animals.
 
This drastic approach by the DEC has lead to questions about the basis of the study conducted by the DEC and the necessity of a total elimination of the mute swan. There are arguments that the population can be maintained and controlled on a regional basis. Before the complete eradication of a species, all avenues of possible preservation should be explored. This legislation would allow an independent committee to review the facts and examine all the alternative methods of dealing with the mute swan.
comments powered by Disqus

Join Our Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for a free weekly newsletter covering things to do, hottest local headlines, and everything Long Island! Read more here or enter your email to signup.

   
     Newsletter Archive
Advertisement
Advertise With Us
 
Open Feedback Dialog