The state for the first time this summer used the widespread application of herbicides in its ongoing — and previously “consistently ineffective” — effort to eliminate the invasive Ludwigia, which grows and spreads aggressively to form a dense mat on the surface of the water, upending the aquatic ecosystem and interfering with recreational activities.
State DEC prepares to apply herbicides in Peconic River, hoping to eradicate invasive aquatic plants
For the first time, the State DEC will undertake the widespread application of herbicides to Ludwigia in the Peconic River, in the hope of eradicating the invasive, noxious weed that has infested about 50 acres of the river since it was first detected there in 2003.
Anglers of all ages lined the Peconic Riverfront last Saturday for the annual family-favorite, sponsored by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department. Photo slideshow.
The silvery herring make an annual early spring run from the waters of the northern Atlantic into the freshwater habitats of the Peconic River to breed. This year, the westward journey for about 250 of them extended all the way to the Bronx.
Large schools of Atlantic Menhaden, known as bunker fish, are aggregating in the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead and east to the CR 105 bridge and Meeting House Creek. Low dissolved oxygen levels in the river are causing a die-off.
Results of recent sampling conducted by the health department indicate the water meets state water quality standards for contact recreation, health officials said.
Sewer district pump station failure causes discharge of untreated wastewater into Peconic River: health department
An electrical problem caused the Raynor Avenue pumps to shut down and overflow last night, discharging an estimated 4,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Peconic River, Sewer District Superintendent Michael Reichel said.
Police Officer Richard Freeborn and Trooper Michael Masino entered the Peconic River behind 57 W. Main Street to retrieve an unresponsive man found floating face down in the water Wednesday evening. They pulled him to shore and revived him with CPR.
Health officials are warning residents to stay out of local waters where blue-green algae has been found. Sampling performed by Stony Brook University scientists has...