We depend profoundly on the health of our marine environment. But our waters are under threat, from rising seas and temperatures and waste products, especially nitrates.
This summer, contamination and cyano-bacteria resulted in the closing of Georgica Pond to crabbing. Wainscott Pond and Hook Pond were also affected, and red-tides have caused die-offs in Peconic Bay.
The Town Board on which we serve has not been idle in the face of these threats. We completed the first public Wastewater Management Study and Plan and are prepared to implement it. We sought and received over $20 million in federal and state grants to protect our shoreline and floodplain and for water quality improvements in our harbors and bays.
East Hampton cannot do the job alone, without the help and cooperation of all levels of government and the closest cooperation between the Town Board and Town Trustees. But if we don’t take the lead to protect our waters, who will?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. We ask for your support to continue this important work.