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DAN'S PAPERS, February 27, 2009 Page 34


Earthly Delights

By April Gonzales

It is New York State’s responsibility to preserve and protect tidal wetlands, fresh water wetlands and surface water from being despoiled or destroyed, and they do this by buying land to preserve it, repairing storm drains to keep road contaminants from flowing into water bodies, and restoring aquatic habitats. This focus on keeping our water clean is why Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman feels it’s also important to limit fertilizer use around any body of water. Because we are surrounded by water here on the East End this is an issue he has chosen to pay close attention to. Fertilizer run off enters our surface waters through rain and irrigation, whether it’s a stream, pond or bay, and adds nutrients to the waters that would not be present otherwise. Algae takes advantage of the presence of these nutrients, which are in essence their food, and can then have a population increase that is detrimental to other living things by creating cloudy waters and diminishing the amount of light available to other photosynthesizing marine organisms like eel grass. When the eel grass dies off, young shell fish and fin fish lose their protective habitat. More than once, brown tide, red tide in the saltwater bays and an algae bloom in a Water Mill pond have all had negative effects on scallops, oysters, and fin fish. This, in turn, impacts the fishing industries that have been built up around what used to be an abundant supply of tasty seafood in some cases, and repugnant and unnecessary fish kills in others. “It is a good idea to keep those fertilizers out of harbors and bays,” Schneiderman

Susan Galardi

Keeping it Clean, at Least for Now

said. Suffolk County has already addressed the issue of fertilizer run off on all its landholdings and on a County-wide basis. No fertilizers can be used on County-owned property and all fertilizer use whether on County commercial or private property, will be prohibited between November 1 and April 1. So now only manures and compost can be applied to landscapes, as the law went into effect this January 1. Schneiderman was determined to provide even more protection from excessive nitrogen run off to our surface waters by including an additional provision that prohibits fertilizer use with in 20’ of a body of water unless there is at least a 10’ buffer of natural vegetation that can absorb those nutrients from surface waters running off into ponds and bays. This provision was just passed in the Legislature’s February 3

session and is awaiting the signature of the County Executive Steve Levy pending a public hearing. This was Schneiderman’s second shot at getting this amendment in place. His original proposal was to prohibit fertilizer use with in 100’ of a body of water. This prescribed distance made sense, as current DEC regulations prohibit disturbance and building with in a 100’ setback from wetlands and bays. But Schneiderman could not get that setback passed as western Legislators felt that this version was too drastic for their districts, in which homeowners bordering water bodies generally have smaller lot sizes. So a compromise was reached which has reduced the setback to 20’. “All my research says 100’, but I just can’t get that bill passed. People cannot put their manicured lawns above the water’s health and their own health. We are introducing toxins into the bay unnecessarily,” Schneiderman stated and he believes that this can also lead to greater instances of human health issues not just die offs of marine and pond organisms. His reasoning is sound: Clean water is one of the most important issues of our times. Schneiderman may also consider reintroducing a bill aimed at banning certain pesticides from ornamental use in the future. For more than 20 years, April Gonzales has been involved in garden design, installation and maintenance on the East End, as well as specimen plant scouting and site supervision for landscape architects.

Kid’s Calendar FRIDAY, FEBRARY 27 BASKETBALL, SOCCER, BALLET, TAP, DODGE BALL At SYS in Southampton, kids programs continue daily with sports, dance and fun. Contact SYS for info at 631-287-1511. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 MAD SCIENCE AT CMEE CMEE, Bridgehampton offers “Mad Science.” Two sessions, 10-11 am for grades K-2 and 11:20 am to 12:20 pm for grades 3-5. For fun, hands on activities with a different theme each week. 631-537-8250. CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP at the Boots Lamb Ed. Center, Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Children’s Saturday Morning Winter Art Workshops with artist Linda Capello; four sessions for $20/$18 members, $5 per single session/$3 members. For info or to reserve a space, call Danielle: 631-324-0806, ext. 22. KIDSTREET Bay Street Theatre’s Family Film Series presents “Dr. Doolittle” at 11 a.m. on the big screen, perfect for kids of all ages. The doors will open at 10:30 am, movies begin at 11, tickets are $7. LIL COWPOKES PONY CLUB – Every Sat. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Learn about animals and how to ride a pony. Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, 93 Merchants Path, Southampton. 631-537-7335. RECORD A CD – Saturdays thru 3/14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children 8 – 16 will learn to make an album. Fee is $225 for residents, $250 for non-residents. 62 Red Creek Road, Hampton Bays, call 631-728-8585 to register. QUOGUE LIBRARY STORYTIME - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join children of all ages for story time, literacy games, puzzles and more. Located at 90 Quogue Street, Quogue. 631-653-4224. KIDS ROCK CAMP- Saturdays thru 3/14 from 12 to 2 pm. Kids ages 8-16 will form thier own bands, get group lessons and perform 2 live concerts. Fee is $195 for residents, $220 for non-residents. Southampton Parks and Recreation, 62 Red Creek Road, Hampton Bays. Call 631-728-8585 SUNDAY, MARCH 1 BASKETBALL, SOCCER, BALLET, TAP, DODGE

BALL At SYS in Southampton. See Feb. 27. MONDAY, MARCH 2 QUOGUE LIBRARY Pajama Storytime for children ages 2-5 years old. Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal. Begins at 6 p.m. Call 631-653-4224. TUESDAY, MARCH 3 QUOGUE LIBRARY – Dara Linthwaite for singing, playing the guitar, and entertaining your children with puppets and musical instruments. Starts at 1:30 p.m., registration is required, call 631-653-4224. QUOGUE LIBRARY STORYTIME - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See Feb. 28. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 BASKETBALL, SOCCER, BALLET, TAP, DODGE BALL At SYS in Southampton. See Feb. 27. THURSDAY, MARCH 5 TODDLERS WORKSHOP- The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, is offering toddlers a stimulating and enjoyable introduction to visual art from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. The workshops are for children ages 2 and 3. Call 631-2832118 x30. QUOGUE LIBRARY STORYTIME - See Feb 28. listing. FRIDAY, MARCH 6 BASKETBALL, SOCCER, BALLET, TAP, DODGE BALL- At SYS in Southampton, kids programs continue daily with sports, dance and fun. Contact SYS for info at 631-287-1511. SATURDAY, MARCH 7 KIDS ROCK CAMP- See Feb 28 listing. KIDSTREET- Movie is “Lassie Come Home” see Feb 28 listing for details. CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP – At the Boots Lamb Education Center, Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. See Feb. 28 listing for more info.

QUOGUE LIBRARY STORYTIME - See Feb 28. listing. MAD SCIENCE AT CMEE- See Feb 28 listing. LIL COWPOKES PONY CLUB – See Feb 28 listing. PROGRAMS/CLASSES AMY’S ARK FARM – “Art of Life”, Tuesday thru Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. Small art classes held in a converted barn in Westhampton. Focus on art, cooking, reading, yoga and more! Ages 4-9. $85 for a 4 week session, for registration call 631-288-3587 or 631-902-3655. S.A.T. MATH PREPARATION – Thursdays thru 3/12 from 7 to 9 p.m. (no class 2/19) Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. Hampton Bays. Fee is $290 for residents, $300 for non-residents. 631-728-8585 S.A.T. VERBAL PREPARATION – Tuesdays thru 3/10 (no class 2/17) Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. Hampton Bays. Fee is $290 for residents, $300 for non-residents. ONGOING ART AT THE GOLDEN EAGLE – 14 Gingerbread La. East Hampton 631-324-0603. GOAT ON A BOAT – Puppet Play Groups for children under 3 on Mon., Thurs. and Fri. at 9:30 a.m. Tot Art for children 5 & under, Mon. and Fri. at 10:30 a.m. Puppet club Mondays 3:30 p.m. At Rte. 114 and East Union Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-4193. Send all events for the kids’ calendar to by Friday at noon.

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