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"Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory" The National Weather Service in Upton NY has issued a * flood advisory for... southern New London County in southern Connecticut... southern Middlesex County in southern Connecticut... central Suffolk County in southeastern New York... * until 800 am EST. * At 454 am EST, Doppler radar indicated moderate to heavy rain moving into the region. Isolated thunderstorms with heavy rain are also possible. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Around one-half inch of rain has fallen in the last 3 hours and additional rainfall of around one inch is expected over the area. Precautionary/preparedness actions... Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. Lat...Lon 4142 7180 4141 7184 4134 7183 4133 7190 4109 7190 4108 7186 4104 7187 4087 7235 4063 7319 4075 7289 4071 7310 4071 7312 4097 7290 4100 7260 4113 7237 4131 7259 4137 7256 4145 7240 4152 7179 Met 337 am EST sun Jan 20 2019 ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York, including the following areas, in southern Connecticut, southern Fairfield, southern Middlesex, southern New Haven, and southern New London. In northeast New Jersey, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Passaic, eastern Union, Hudson, western Essex, and western Union. In southeast New York, Bronx, Kings (brooklyn), New York (manhattan), northeastern Suffolk, northern Nassau, northern Queens, northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (staten island), southeastern Suffolk, southern Nassau, southern Queens, southern Westchester, and southwestern Suffolk. * Until 1 PM EST this afternoon * moderate to locally heavy rain will continue through early this afternoon. Total amounts of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches are possible, which may result in flooding of urban areas, and flashy streams. * Any fresh water flooding will be exacerbated by coastal flooding during the Sunday morning high tide. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. 554 PM EST Sat Jan 19 2019 ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday... * locations...vulnerable coastal locations along Long Island Sound, the East River, Peconic and gardiners bays. * Tidal departure...around 2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...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. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft will result in beach erosion with minor damage possible to dune structures along the Connecticut shoreline. * Timing...around the times of high tide Sunday morning. 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.8/10.3 2.5/ 3.0 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 min-mod 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.6/ 3.1 2.0/ 2.5 2-4 min-mod 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.1/ 9.6 2.3/ 2.8 1.9/ 2.3 2-4 moderate New London CT MLLW categories - minor 5.0 ft, moderate 6.0 ft, major 7.8 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.7 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 5.2/ 5.7 2.1/ 2.6 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.7/ 3.2 1.8/ 2.2 1-2 min-mod Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 1.1/ 1.6 1.2/ 1.7 0 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.7/10.2 2.4/ 2.9 1.8/ 2.3 1-2 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 -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 1-2 minor Montauk NY MLLW categories - minor 4.5 ft, moderate 5.3 ft, major 7.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.0 ft, moderate 2.8 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 4.7/ 5.2 2.2/ 2.7 1.9/ 2.3 1-2 minor Riverhead NY MLLW categories - minor 5.6 ft, moderate 6.3 ft, major 7.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.3 ft, moderate 3.0 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/11 am 5.7/ 6.2 2.5/ 3.0 2.1/ 2.6 0-1 min-mod Orient Point NY MLLW categories - minor 4.7 ft, moderate 5.7 ft, major 6.7 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 3.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 2.2/ 2.7 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 minor -- Sunday Jan.20 19,07:19 AM

DEC Announces Ecological Services Project To Combat Southern Pine Beetle Infestation On Long Island

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These operations include thinning forest stands in designated areas to increase the health of the forest and make it more resistant to this invasive pest.

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Long Island, NY - Sept. 10, 2018 - As part of New York State’s ongoing, aggressive efforts to combat the spread of the invasive Southern Pine Beetle on Long Island, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has begun conducting ecological forest operations on Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. These operations include thinning forest stands in designated areas to increase the health of the forest and make it more resistant to this invasive pest.
 
Commissioner Seggos said, “The Southern Pine Beetle poses a threat to Long Island’s Pine Barrens and DEC is actively fighting to protect the area from these destructive pests. By thinning a portion of this forest, which represents one of DEC’s largest land holdings in the Pine Barrens region, we are potentially saving thousands of trees from this invasive beetle.”
 
Southern Pine Beetle Management Plan Implementation
 
DEC began investigating potential solutions to battle Southern Pine Beetle on its Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest after a small infestation was found on the 6,000-acre property in 2015.
 
The project will be conducted over a 72.5-acre area. The goal is to protect the Pine Barrens, a globally rare ecosystem, by removing smaller trees in poor health to favor stronger native pitch pine.  
 
The plan will selectively remove varying amounts of pitch pine, scarlet, and white oak trees throughout the 72.5 acres. This selective thinning will give the remaining trees more access to sunlight and nutrients, allowing the health of these trees to improve and better fight off the invading beetle.
 
Ecological forest operations are regularly conducted on DEC-managed forests throughout the state by private contractors to achieve different resource objectives, including invasive species management.
 
Following the bidding process, DEC awarded the contract to implement ecological services by the selective management of trees on the acreage in need of thinning. All work will be completed by Martin Logging LLC, and will be conducted under DEC supervision to ensure that only trees previously marked for harvesting will be removed. Funds have been designated for the ecological research operation through the Environmental Protection Fund.
 
Work on the project began September 10, 2018. 
 
Past Efforts
 
Following the discovery of Southern Pine Beetle in October 2014, DEC initiated a rapid response plan in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Central Pine Barrens Commission, and Long Island municipalities to further define the extent of the Southern Pine Beetle infestation and to implement scientifically based management strategies to combat this forest pest.
 
The most effective method of minimizing the spread of Southern Pine Beetle includes cutting infested trees and thinning surrounding forested areas. Thinned forests enable individual trees to better defend themselves against beetle attacks. Left untreated, Southern Pine Beetle can move swiftly to nearby forested areas. As part of the response plan, several agencies began tree-cutting operations to reduce additional damage to the region’s unique Pine Barrens habitat.
 
Since that time, DEC’s forestry experts and partners have initiated properly planned management activities using the best available science at several key sites including Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest/Suffolk County’s Munn’s Pond County Park, cutting nearly 2,800 infected pine trees to suppress the infestation, as well as implementing similar management activities at Hubbard County Park and the Bellows Pond area. These initial operations were largely successful, with only limited spread of the insect beyond the boundaries of the cut areas. To date, more than 18,000 infested trees have been cut for these suppression efforts. However, ongoing monitoring by DEC and partners has identified additional forested areas threatened by the beetle and in need of management.
 
Southern Pine Beetle Background
 
The Southern Pine Beetle, a bark beetle native to the southern United States, has steadily expanded its range north and west, possibly due to climate change. It is considered one of the most destructive forest pests in the United States and attacks all species of pine including pitch pine, the predominant species found in the Long Island Pine Barrens. Prior to its discovery on Long Island, it had reached as far north as New Jersey, devastating nearly 50,000 acres of Pine Barrens in that state. An estimated 1,000 new acres of pine forests in New Jersey have been destroyed each year by the beetle since it was found in that state in 2001.
 
Adult beetles bore into the bark of trees laying eggs in S-shaped tunnels just beneath the bark. This disrupts the flow of nutrients, killing the tree in typically two to four months. Insecticides have been shown to be mostly ineffective against Southern Pine Beetle and are a threat to the sole source drinking water aquifer.
 
What You Can Do
 
If you have dead pine trees, consider risk and liability. Remove standing dead trees if they have the potential to fall on people, structures, roads, or utility lines. Dead trees no longer have living Southern Pine Beetle in them and can be left standing if they do not pose a threat.
 
A Southern Pine Beetle fact sheet with photos and information related to the recent areas of discovery are available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/99331.html.