Sustainable East End on WPKN 89.5 FM / wpkn.org



Sustainable East End is a monthly series about issues of land use, water and energy resources, transportation and the food industries on the twin forks of Long Island.  

The program is heard on the 2nd Thursday each month at noon on listener powered WPKN 89.5 FM  and streaming live on wpkn.org

Sustainable East End is produced by Francesca Rheannon and Tony Ernst.


Tri - State Transportation Campaign - Ryan Lynch

The lack of adequate mass transit on Long Island’s East End has been long - recognized but has not received the attention it deserves.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign  is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.


Today we talk with Ryan Lynch, Associate Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign about the state of mass transportation on eastern Long Island and the metro area.

We learn that LIRR's plan for 'Scoot' shuttle trains on the east end from Speonk to Montauk and from Ronkonkoma to Greenport has been cancelled. 

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This is another in the  monthly series about issues of land use, water and energy resources, transportation and the food industries on the twin forks of Long Island.  It is heard on the 2nd Thursday each month on listener-powered WPKN Radio - 89.5 FM and streaming live at wpkn.org.



Renewable Energy on Long Island - a talk with Gordian Raacke, Updated

September 11, 2014

We talk with Gordian Raacke, director of RELI – Renewable Energy Long Island

Renewable Energy Long Island describes itself as a "membership-based, non-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island.RELI provides information to consumers and contractors and publishes a green business directory, the Long Island GreenGuide in print and online.

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We talked with Gordian Raacke in April 2013. 
Since then, the state decided against privitization of Long Island's power system. LIPA still oversees the system, which is being managed by PSEG - Long Island, a subsidary of Public Service Electric & Gas of New Jersey.
In May this year, the East Hampton Town board voted to set a goal to meet all its electrical energy needs using renewable sources by the year 2020. and to meet all its energy needs with renewable energy sources by 2030.
Deepwater Wind won a federal lease in July 2013 to develop a 200 megawatt off-shore wind farm  30 miles east of Montauk.  They applied in March to supply the power to LIPA.
LIPA decided last month not to build another gas-fired power plant planned for Yaphank.

 PSEG-Long Island presented a long range plan criticized for not including renewable power sources.


Saving Accabonac Harbor


August 14, 2014

Accabonac Harbor in the hamlet of Springs in East Hampton, New York is a scenic and diverse tidal marsh system.  As with many areas of the town, the Harbor, also known as Accabonac Creek, has been under pressure from developers of second homes as well as other environmental threats. 

Residents of the area formed the Accabonac Protection Committee in 1985.
Francesca Rheannon talks with Cile Downs and Jorie Latham of the committee.



More information about the work of the Accabonac Protection Committee is online at Accabonac.org
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Ruben Bess Valdez talks about the Shinnecock Shellfish Hatchery and pollution of the bays.


September 13, 2012 - Updated July 10, 2014

The people of the Shinnecock Indian Nation have been harvesting shellfish from the waters of what is now Southampton for millennia.

Tony Ernst, Sustainable East End co-producer  talks with Ruben Bess Valdez, of the Shinnecock Shellfish Hatchery about the challanges to developing the oyster business in the face of increasing
pollution of the waters surrounding the reservation.

July 10, 2014:

Here is an update on activities at Shinnecock:



According to the Southampton Press, as part of a federal aid package awarded last month for restoring reservation shoreline damaged during Superstorm Sandy, the tribe, will receive funds to repair the crumbling shellfish hatchery building.  



In addition to restoring the shoreline, other projects intended to dampen the effects of future storm-driven waves are being considered.  Restoring eelgrass beds in the near-shore waters of eastern Shinnecock Bay could act as a dampener for waves and storm surge, as could an oyster reef the tribe would like to create along the tidal shallows off its shores.

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More information about the Shinnecock Nation and the shellfish hatchery is available at www.shinnecocknation.org/trustees-corner

More information about efforts to clean up the waters of the east end can be found at www.peconicbaykeeper.org

Sustainable East End is produced by Tony Ernst and the program host, Francesca Rheannon.
  
from shinnecocknation.org:

Shinnecock Shellfish Hatcheries 
Back in the 1980’s, the Shinnecock Indian Nation ran a Tribally owned and operated shellfish hatchery which was successful for approximately 10 years, until much of Long Island was adversely affected by the Brown Tide that devastated much of the shellfish industry on the Island. The building from which this Tribal economic development project ran also was one of the first solar paneled buildings on Long Island and was noted for its high-energy efficiency. In the summer of 2004, a small group of determined Shinnecock Tribal Members decided it was time to reassess and evaluate the possibility of beginning a new shellfish hatchery based on re-seeding of the Shinnecock Bay with oyster spawn. With initial funding from the Long Island Community Foundation, and later on the Horace Hagedorn Foundation, Kraft Environmental Family Fund and finally, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) DHHS, Washington, D.C., the Hatchery was re-born. Today, the Bay has produced thousands of succulent and healthy oysters as well as clams and other shellfish. With pending funding requests, there is a lucrative market for the Shinnecock shellfish whereby once re-established and operational will provide the Nation with a self-sustaining and culturally relevant source of Tribal income. In addition to being a source of economic development, the Hatchery will contain an environmental component of educating Shinnecock and non-Native students alike to the important field of aquaculture and related sciences

Dock to Dish



We look at "Community Supported Fishing" with Sean Barrett of Dock to Dish.

Inspired by the success of community supported agriculture, Dock to Dish introduced a new model for the fishing marketplace that "strengthens the viability of the Montauk fishing economy with a membership model" for purchasing seafood.

Co-producer, Tony Ernst talks with Sean Barrett:
 
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Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds.



Host Francesca Rheannon talks with Scott Chaskey about his book Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics and Promise of Seeds.  

Chaskey is manager of the Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, New York’s first Community Supported Agriculture organic farm.  The farm is owned by the Peconic Land Trust; an organization devoted to preservation of farms and open space on Long Island’s east end. 


Credits

Radio producer at WPKN 89.5 FM - East End Ink, Sustainable East End, North Fork Works, Tidings from Hazel Kahan,