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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory in effect from 4 am to 7 am EST Friday... The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from 4 am to 7 am EST Friday. * Locations...western Long Island Sound including New Haven and Fairfield counties in southern Connecticut, Westchester, Bronx, northern Queens, northern Nassau and northwest Suffolk counties in New York. * Tidal departure...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides around the times of high tide. * Coastal flood impacts...there is a low threat of property damage. Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Timing...around the times of high tide tonight. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 8.9/ 9.4 1.6/ 2.0 2.7/ 3.2 2-3 minor Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.3/ 9.8 1.4/ 1.9 2.7/ 3.2 2-3 minor New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 8.4/ 8.9 1.7/ 2.2 2.7/ 3.2 2 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/06 am 9.4/ 9.9 1.6/ 2.0 2.8/ 3.4 2 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.1/ 9.6 1.8/ 2.2 3.0/ 3.5 2-4 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 16/05 am 9.2/ 9.7 1.3/ 1.8 2.6/ 3.1 2-3 none -- Thursday Nov.15 18,05:04 AM

Special Presentation on Plastic Pollution in Honor of Earth Day at Suffolk County’s Health Committee

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On a global scale, production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise over the past 50 years and an estimated 297.5 million tons of plastic were produced in 2015.

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Suffolk County’s Health Committee held a a special presentation in recognition of Earth Day on plastic pollution on Long Island.

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Hauppauge, NY - April 20, 2018 - In recognition of Earth Day, a special presentation, regarding the impact plastic pollution has on our environment, was given by Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Rebecca Grella Ph.D., Research Director and educator at Brentwood High School, at the Suffolk County’s Health Committee today.
 
“Plastic pollution on Long Island is not simply an environmental issue; it’s a threat to our economy and to public health. That’s why we must keep fighting to change consumer habits regarding plastic consumption and pollution through public education and smart legislation, or we will continue to put what we value most at risk,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
 
Included in the presentation, Dr. Grella discussed the Flax Pond Marine Station (located in Suffolk County) micro-plastic survey that was conducted in the fall of 2017. Through extrapolation, the amount of plastic found in the high tide zone of the marsh contained 412 pounds of plastic. On a global scale, production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise over the past 50 years and an estimated 297.5 million tons of plastic were produced in 2015.
 
“Plastic pollution on Long Island is a critical issue for our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Plastic has negative impacts on marine health, in turn human health when marine species are consumed. Long Island students and Stony Brook University researchers have shown that clams, oysters and other bivalves cannot differentiate plastic from algae, this is problematic. As a scientist and educator I believe that combining education, research and policy is critical to curbing plastic usage on Long Island. In collaboration with organizations like Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and the support of the Suffolk County Legislature, I am confident that we can better prepare the next generation of ecologically minded citizens and make a difference here in Suffolk County,” said Rebecca Grella Ph.D.
 
The presentation included data from a recently conducted survey measuring the effectiveness of Local Law # 27-2016: To Reduce Single Use Carryout Bags in Retail Stores. The survey demonstrated a reduction in plastic bag use of over 50%.
 
Legislator Spencer, M.D., chair of the Health Committee stated, “Decisions by local governments have boundary lines, but plastics do not. It is up to us to be good stewards of our planet and protect our resources for the next generation. Science is uncovering more information about the detrimental effects of plastic on our environment and health that will impact on us for years to come.  As a county that is surrounded by beaches and bays and relies on our sole source aquifer for our drinking water, we have to find ways to protect our shorelines, our water resources and the health of our residents.”