Not so long ago, the Hamptons was a pristine beach community where the water never made us itchy or sick. "Today, we have red tides, brown tides, mahogany tides... all kinds of tides," Robert DeLuca
, President of the Group for the East End
(G4EE), told Hamptons.com. We were at their Swing into Summer
gala at The Bridge, the tony environmentally conscious golf course that overlooks the (sometimes troubled) Peconic Bay. Actor Richard Kind
presided, with hosts Stéphane Samuel and Robert M. Rubin.
Swing into Summer
Stephane Samuel and Robert Ruben, owners and hosts of The Bridge. (Photo: Lisa Tamburini)
co-chairs included Katherine and Marco Birch, Elaine Crocker, Graciela and Munir Dauhajre, Grace Koo and Kerry Heffernan, Genevieve and Rob Lynch, Robbianne Mackin and Dave Jasper, Susan Abdalla and Peter Stern, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber and Donna Winston.
Without our marine life ecosystem, we could become merely vortexes of traffic, tempers, and construction. Luckily, DeLuca leads an environmental stewardship that all can join. It starts, he says, with antiquated sewage systems that did not foresee the environmental hazards of the nitrogen that it leaches into our waters. "It's a resource out of place," he explained. "Nitrogen is a nutrient but, if you have too much, it's going to destroy the system that it's going into. And we're starting to see that."
It's a problem that must be addressed. "So, we have to essentially re-engineer the way we do waste water. People may say, 'Oh, we could never do that,' but take a look at what we did with land protection 20 years ago." The group spearheaded the formation of a Community Preservation Fund. "We now have a billion dollars available for land protection and tens of thousands of acres protected," DeLuca said. "And we want to do the same thing for waste water."
The issue needs major funding to be fixed. "So, this November, there will be a ballot proposition in each town to allow the Community Preservation Fund to be extended to 2050. The towns will have the opportunity to use 20 percent of their CPF funds for water quality protection," he explained. "That generates $20 million dollars a year across the region, $500 million dollars a year or more till the end of the program. And that's the money you need to figure out how to get the old systems out, the new ones in and get us operating into the 21st Century."
G4EE President Robert DeLuca and Vice Chair Katherine Burch. (Photo: Lisa Tamburini)
What to do if you have a problem? DeLuca told us, "First, contact the Town's Natural Resources Department, to come out and take a look. The second thing I would do is hire a state certified lab to do some water quality sampling. Determine the health based on what's going in. Then, based on the water quality and the analysis, figure out how to go forward with a plan."
Remember, it takes a village to save one.
For more information about Group for the East End, visit www.groupfortheeastend.org.
Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
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Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff.
Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.
CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall
Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community
Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience
and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant.
Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.
Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.
Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.
WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations.
Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.
Big Brunch Box-delivered in The Hamptons
BIG BRUNCH BOX. Your favorite gourmet brunch foods for weekend eating with friends and family, ordered with ease and conveniently dropped at your doorstep in The Hamptons every Friday with fanatical attention to quality.
Long Island Cares, Inc.
While distributing nutritious food to our Nassau and Suffolk County neighbors is the heart of Long Island Cares, we’re more than just a food bank. We’re one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations, and there are many other ways we can help you and your loved ones.