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In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions through a rollout of clean energy infrastructure, in 2018. The Long Island Power Authority’s board voted in May 2020 to authorize community choice aggregation, allowing municipalities to decide how they electricity it procures is derived.

Preparing for Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, New York

CURRENT NEWS

State Assembly Approves Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act

By Stephen J.Kotz 04/17/24
The State Assembly, by unanimous 147-0 vote on Monday, passed an updated version of the Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act, which would raise an estimated $3 billion to $4..
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PSEG Hangs On

By Karl Grossman 04/08/24
“It’s an uphill fight,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week about the effort to make the Long Island Power Authority a fully public utility. This, despite the
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LIPA CEO Outlines Utility’s Energy Future

03/20/24
Long Island Power Authority Chief Executive Officer Thomas Falcone, in a briefing with members of the Express News Group’s editorial board on Friday — before announcing his resignation from the
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Governor Hochul and Other Officials Gather at Stony Brook Southampton Campus To ‘Flip the Switch’ on $2 Billion South Fork Wind Project.

By Tom Gogola 03/15/24
It was a literal, if symbolic, flip of the switch — a big switch — at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on Thursday as assorted luminaries from local, state and
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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind, First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

03/14/24
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed…
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Long Island’s Power Shift: Public Utility Proposal and Environmental Initiatives Unveiled

By Saboor Bayat 03/04/24
Recent proposals have spotlighted a transformative vision for Long Island's energy and environmental future, underscored by a push to make the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) a fully public entity. This change aims at facilitating…
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It’s Full Speed Ahead for Offshore Wind in New York

By Devin Callahan 03/04/24
Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent announcement awarding two offshore wind projects, Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind, marks a groundbreaking moment for New York’s commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change.
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Long Island Is Sinking

02/15/24
The bad news about climate comes so frequently these days that it is difficult to remain focused on the existential challenges facing the East Coast. Now there is a new problem to think about: Throughout…
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Lawmakers Hold Environmental Roundtable, A ‘Unique Forum’ On LI

By Lisa Finn 02/08/24
Lawmakers gathered Thursday to discuss the critical issues facing the area's natural environment.
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Opinion: Major oil, gas and coal companies must pay the staggering costs of the climate crisis

By Cate Rogers 01/25/24
January has been a brutal month for Long Island. Torrential rains, strong winds, and high tides have pounded the island on multiple days in what some officials described as the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.…
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How New Yorkers can save on heating bills with tax credits and incentives

By Chris Kahn 01/22/24
The challenges of heating a home on Long Island are perhaps never more vexing than what Barbara Brennan deals with every morning in her living room. The seating area at the front of her tidy…
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Gov. Kathy Hochul: $5M from state to fight erosion on South Shore

01/22/24
On windswept, storm-ravaged Overlook Beach on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state would step in with funding to repair damaged structures and replenish eroded sand in Babylon, Fire Island and Gilgo State Park. Hochul…
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KEY RESOURCES

National Risk Index Data Lookup

09/25/23
Use the form below to look up the risk details for a specific county or Census tract. As you enter information into the form, the form will update and present you with additional input fields.…

Lazy Point Farms

05/24/22
Lazy Point Farms are created to provide the structural, educational, and logistical support needed to advance the future of sugar kelp farming on Long Island. Whether you are an aspiring kelp farmer, an existing shellfish…

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

04/21/22
A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Organic Soil The Natural Alternative

02/18/22
Long Island Compost has made a name for itself in the organic soil industry by crafting custom blends from natural materials and doing its part to repurpose compost into sustainable substances.

Long Island Green Homes – Long Island Green Homes

07/09/21
Long Island Green Homes is a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community organizations and Molloy College funded primarily with a grant awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help…

Become a USGBC-LI Member

06/14/21
Yearly membership is as little as $25 a year for students. Your membership entitles you to discounts, free materials and many opportunities to meet others in the Long Island Green Building community.

Visit this dairy farm turned carbon-neutral Conservancy preserve and office

03/17/21
True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open meadows that were once cattle pastures. Today, the…

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

Why Wind?

08/04/20
The local case for offshore wind energy.

NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

04/06/20
On August 3, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the Clean Energy Communities program, a $16-million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their…

Clean Energy Communities Grants – Remaining Awards

04/06/20
This dashboard provides regularly updated information on the number and amount of remaining grants in each region by community size. Select your region to view the grants available for your community. Grants are available to…

Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Nation-Leading Climate Agenda

02/21/20
Legislation to Create Office of Renewable Energy Permitting Office Will Streamline Process for Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Siting of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Across the State Legislation to Speed Up Progress Towards the State Mandate…

HOW SOLAR-FRIENDLY ARE LONG ISLAND MUNICIPALITIES?

02/06/20
An in-depth evaluation of 19 municipalities and solar policies on Long Island.

New York State Announces First Ever Offshore Wind Energy Awards

07/18/19
Nation-leading Program Sends Powerful Message To Launch Offshore Wind Industry.

Our Forum on Coastal Resiliency on Long Island

12/13/19
On Monday, December 9th, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) and Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) hosted an educational forum on coastal resiliency strategies.

MORE NEWS

Climate Change Solutions: The Big Five

By Jenny Noble   04/12/23  
“We’re walking when we should be sprinting” — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Hoesung Lee, describing how insufficient current plans are to tackle climate change.
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What LIPA’s new time-of-use electric rates may mean for you

By Mark Harrington   04/01/23  
In less than a year, PSEG Long Island will begin enrolling electric customers in a new LIPA rate plan that offers discounts for shifting usage to off-peak times, while hiking energy costs during a four-hour…
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These are Long Island’s “disadvantaged communities” set for climate funding

By J.D. Allen   03/29/23  
New York will direct billions of dollars over the next decade to more than 1,700 disadvantaged communities identified in a new map to fight climate change, including 85 on Long Island.
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Scientists Scramble to Help Bay Scallops Survive Climate Change

By Hilary Macht   03/27/23  
Researchers begin selective breeding and other initiatives in hopes of saving the East Coast’s last wild bay scallop fisheries.
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Long Island’s warmer winter may bring insects, ticks and other bugs to your house a little earlier than usual

By Joan Gralla   03/24/23  
Long Island's clement winter may have jump-started the arrival of native and foreign critters that fly, crawl or bite as insects from the South are finding the warmth in the North to their liking.
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Brookhaven to get bulk of $169M deal for hosting wind farm cable

By Mark Harrington   03/20/23  
Brookhaven Town will receive the lion's share of a recently inked $168.9 million benefit package from the developers of an offshore wind farm with a power cable that will make landfall at Smith Point and…
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Wind power deal yields $170M in community benefits

By David Winzelberg   03/20/23  
The Town of Brookhaven has announced a Host Community Agreement with Sunrise Wind for enabling 18 miles of real estate access for its cable to carry electricity from the developers planned offshore wind power project.
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Long Island solar installations jump 19% in 2022, bucking national trend

By Mark Harrington   03/10/23  
Solar installations across Long Island were through the roof in 2022, defying a national trend that saw a 16% drop in new sun-power arrays across the country.
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Long Island Sound research projects land $6.3M

By David Winzelberg   03/09/23  
Nine research projects studying Long Island Sound water quality, public beaches and marine life were awarded more than $6.3 million in funding.
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Long Island fourth nationally in potential risks due to climate change, Moody’s report says

By Robert Brodsky   02/27/23  
Long Island ranks fourth among major American population centers for exposure to the physical and economic risks of climate change, behind only San Francisco, Cape Coral, Florida and New York City, according to a report…
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NYC, LI among metropolitan areas most likely to feel negative impacts of climate change, study says

02/24/23  
A new study shows some parts of our area are at risk of facing negative impacts of climate change. Here's a list of the top ten areas most at risk according to "Moody's Analytics"...
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Inside Gov. Hochul’s controversial NYS budget proposal

By Adina Genn   02/09/23  
An $845-million-infusion into economic and community development. Another $2.4 billion for healthcare capital infrastructure. Funds for downtown revitalization and to promote tourism, and investment in childcare, renewable energy, arts and the film industry. Record funding…
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Cornell explores spawning Long Island scallops later in cooler waters

By Jane Montalto   02/06/23  
A change in the reproductive season for Peconic Bay scallops could be the solution to the mass die-offs over the past few years.
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Waters of Long Island Sound: How Local Perspectives Inform Ecological Research

By Shangtong Li   02/01/23  
I took a deep breath to take in the fresh briny smell of Shinnecock Bay while strong winds collided with my face. Standing on the deck of a whooshing 26-foot fishing boat on a clear…
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E-bikes zipping on Long Island, but rules can be murky

By Lorena Mongelli   01/21/23  
The traffic, sprawl and not-so-bicycle-friendly highways on Long Island made commuting by bike an unlikely option for Hank Degamon. But when the 62-year-old first hopped on the saddle of an electric two-wheeler and hit the…
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Building New York’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain

By Timothy Bolger   01/20/23  
Sunrise Wind is bringing jobs, opportunities, and economic growth to New York New York has ambitious goals for reducing its climate footprint – and offshore wind plays a crucial role. Sunrise Wind is one such…
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Climate Change Proves Deadly for Northern Bay Scallops

01/19/23  
A new study by Stony Brook University researchers published in Global Change Biology demonstrates that warming waters and heat waves have contributed to the loss of an economically and culturally important fishery, the production of…
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Suffolk legislators approve funding for 12 electric buses

By Vera Chinese   12/21/22  
Suffolk lawmakers Tuesday authorized $5,375,000 for the county’s first 12 battery-electric buses, part of County Executive Steve Bellone’s plan to transition to an all-electric fleet of vehicles by 2030.
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North Fork Residents Protest Proposed Lithium Battery Storage Facility

By Lisa Finn   11/30/22  
Angry residents are mobilizing to protest a proposed lithium battery energy storage facility that would be sited on bucolic Oregon Road in Cutchogue.
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Environmental Bond Act ‘a Giant Win’ for Long Island

By Christopher Walsh   11/17/22  
New York State’s Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022, which voters passed by a comfortable margin on Nov. 8, will be of greatest benefit to Long Island, an environmental…
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Study calls for sea gates, walls to protect South Shore from storm surge

By Robert Brodsky   11/16/22  
A complex system of sea gates and concrete walls with lifting panels are needed to protect Long Island's vulnerable South Shore communities from storm surges and rising sea levels, according to a study by a…
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Long Island leaders look to Environmental Bond Act to fight climate change in their neighborhoods

By News 12 Staff   11/10/22  
New York voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.2 billion plan to protect the environment on Election Day. Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty says the funding is very important because his village is surrounded on three sides…
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Bridgehampton Child Care Center Offers Program on Wind Farm Work Opportunities

By Elizabeth Vespe   09/27/22  
Currently, three offshore wind projects are slated to be constructed off the eastern end of Long Island. With that in mind, program managers and mentors from the Bridgehampton Child Care...
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Grid natural gas customers may see 29% hike in bills this winter

By Mark Harrington   09/07/22  
Long Islanders who heat their homes with natural gas are expected to see a 29% increase in their heating bill this winter, National Grid said Tuesday, as volatility in the natural gas market continues to…
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Decade-long SoMAS Study Shows Shinnecock Bay Successfully Restored Using Novel Approach

09/02/22  
Scientists from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) announced the culmination of a decade of science in a paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science, which describes a novel restoration approach…
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South Shore gets ‘severe’ drought status; officials seek help to keep pumping

By Bart Jones and Others   08/19/22  
The entire South Shore of Long Island has been upgraded to severe drought status by national officials after summer rainfall in the region was half of what is considered normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor, part…
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LIRR shelves battery power, cites cost, reliability issues

By Alfonso A. Castillo   08/06/22  
Battery-operated train technology, which the LIRR hoped would revolutionize how it operates nonelectrified tracks, has turned out to be too costly, inconvenient and risky to implement any time soon, the railroad said. Long Island Rail…
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The Johnny Appleseed of Sugar Kelp

By Charity Robey   06/10/22  
When Michael Doall was a teenager, he hated seaweed, and so did everybody else he knew on Long Island. It was an icky nuisance that brushed against your legs at the beach, fouled your fishing…
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Stony Brook University Study Shows Benefits Of Growing Kelp Near Oyster Farm Beds

By Julia Heming   06/02/22  
Scientists from Stony Brook University, led by Dr. Christopher Gobler, have discovered that the growth of kelp reduces ocean acidification, an effect of climate change. “Kelp can raise the pH of seawater from acidification conditions…
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Rising panel costs hit solar power as electric-rate hikes boost appeal

By Mark Harrington   05/13/22  
In recent weeks and months, a U.S. Commerce Department investigation has short-circuited a key supply source of solar panels from Asia, and one major supplier to the United States, LG Electronics, has exited the market,…
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New York lawmakers weigh a budget plan for a fully public Long Island electric utility

By Molly Ingram   03/17/22  
The New York State Legislature included in its budget proposals a measure that would create a state committee that would explore restructuring the Long Island Power Authority.
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L.I. contractors group opposes all-electric bill

By Tom Carrozza   03/10/22  
A seismic shift in construction could be on the horizon for contractors throughout New York if state lawmakers pass the so-called “all-electric building” acts.
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Suffolk announces $1 million for coastal resiliency projects

By Rachelle Blidner   03/02/22  
Suffolk County officials announced Wednesday they will spend $1 million to plan coastal resiliency projects to counter the impact of stronger storms and increased flooding resulting from climate change.
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More than 1,000 LED Streetlights Installed in Port Jefferson, New York

By Austin Tannenbaum   03/02/22  
The nearly $2.4 million upgrade, implemented and financed by the Power Authority, saw more than 1,100 decorative and cobra head style street lights replaced throughout the village with energy-saving LED fixtures. Additionally, the village has…
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Long Island’s Offshore Wind Farm Plans Take Root

By Timothy Bolger   03/01/22  
After years of planning and debate, offshore wind farm developers recently took several big steps forward in a half dozen projects in various stages of development off the coast of Long Island.
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Slipping Away: Homeowners, Officials Buy Time As Escalating Effects Of Climate Change Threaten East End

By Michelle Trauring   01/25/22  
For centuries, the world has known one type of refugee: those who leave their homes behind due to war, violence, conflict or persecution, often risking their lives in the pursuit of safety. In recent years,…
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Offshore Wind Energy — Rich With Opportunity, For Oil Giants And Utilities Alike

By Ken Silverstein   01/24/22  
Offshore wind energy is an untapped resource in the United States. But it is now being uplifted — the product of favorable policies by the Biden Administration and the desire by some producers to start…
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South Fork Wind Receives Final Approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to Start Construction on New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm

01/19/22  
South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has received approval of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is…
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LaGuardia Community College to launch offshore wind training

By Rachel Vick   01/19/22  
LaGuardia Community College is preparing to support the next generation of green energy workers from Queens as part of New York State’s efforts to expand offshore wind production.
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PSEG delivery charge up 4.5% starting this month

By Mark Harrington   01/18/22  
Customers opening their PSEG Long Island bills this month will see 4.5% increases in their delivery rates and monthly service charges for 2022, even as LIPA says bills will be flat or lower overall for…
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National Grid and Town of Hempstead to Develop One of the First Green Hydrogen Blending Projects in the Country

12/15/21  
National Grid and the Town of Hempstead, today announced a joint project to build one of the first and largest clean hydrogen projects in the country, to decarbonize networks. The HyGrid Project located in Point…
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South Fork Wind wins federal OK, launching union jobs at ProvPort

By Mary Serreze   11/26/21  
The Ørsted/Eversource project will power New York homes, but the turbine foundations are being fabricated in Rhode Island.
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Biden administration approves first offshore wind farm to supply power to New York

By Dino Grandoni   11/24/21  
President Biden’s administration greenlit a major offshore wind project to supply power to New York, arriving as part of a broader push to build out renewable energy and tackle climate change.
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Another Yes for South Fork Wind Farm

By Christopher Walsh   11/24/21  
The South Fork Wind farm took another step toward fruition on Monday when the New York State Public Service Commission approved its developers’ environmental management and construction plan.
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LIPA-PSEG Contract Draws Criticism

By Christopher Walsh   11/18/21  
A Nov. 9 announcement that the Long Island Power Authority and the New York State Department of Public Service had agreed on a new management contract with PSEG Long Island came with reassuring words from…
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LIPA customers could see 2.3% hike in delivery charge, says 2022 budget

By Mark Harrington   11/16/21  
LIPA customers will see a 2.3% increase in the delivery charge portion of their bills next year, but the utility is projecting that lower usage and other factors could ultimately lead to bills that are…
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After tornadoes, Long Island looks elsewhere for help with cleanup

By Keldi Ortiz and Rachelle Blidner   11/15/21  
Damage from weekend tornadoes spurred Long Island leaders Monday to look beyond Nassau and Suffolk for help softening the likely financial blow.
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Ready to Kelp: How the ‘Kelp Bill’ Unlocked a Potential Game Changer in the Climate Fight

By Scarlett Buckley   11/09/21  
Kelp, a species of seaweed sometimes called “the rainforest of the sea,” could be a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change. Despite this, the commercial cultivation of kelp in Long Island, New York…
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Long Island flood insurance premiums will rise for most homeowners but some will see big price cuts

By Jonathan LaMantia   11/05/21  
Three in four Long Island homeowners insured under the National Flood Insurance Program will see their premiums rise next year, while a smaller contingent will see their annual bill cut by $1,200 or more.
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Heavy rains help to expand ‘dead zones’ in Long Island Sound, scientists say

By Joan Gralla   10/08/21  
Too much rain and still way too much nitrogen were the twin causes of this summer’s overly abundant algae blooms and critically low-oxygen dead zones in Long Island’s fresh and saltwater bodies, an annual report…
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