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How’s The Water: February 8, 2013

Conservation District Plant Sale

Superstorm Sandy was devastating to Long Island.  Island-wide, thousands of trees were blown down or severely damaged. Trees native to our area, especially oaks, maples and conifers, were the hardest hit trees, since they are also the most prolific. Many open areas lost trees that will have to be replanted.

The trees that are replanted should be ones that will withstand storms, and should be planted well away from power lines, and are native to this area.  

A healthy tree canopy is very important to the ecological health of a watershed. As noted in Friends of the Bay’s Watershed Action Plan, “Forest cover provides numerous benefits at both the site and watershed scales. In addition to providing habit for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, watershed forest cover also reduces storm water runoff and flooding, improves regional air quality, reduces stream and channel erosion, improves soil and water quality, and reduces summer air and water temperatures. “

The Nassau County Conservation District has organized a tree sale to help homeowners purchase trees to do replanting. Seventeen different types of native trees and shrubs are being offered for sale. Species include Eastern White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Sawtooth Oak, Sugar Maple, White Flowering Dogwood, Nannyberry, Highbush Blueberry and Butterfly Bush. The plants are seedlings or transplants, up to 24 inches in height, and are sold in bundles of ten, with prices ranging from $12 to $25 per bundle, which makes them very affordable.  

A complete list, descriptions and an order form can be found on the Conservation District’s website (www.nassauswcd.org).  Orders can be submitted until March 10.  Plants will be available for pickup on April 19 and 20. The District offices are located at 5 Old Jericho Tpke, Jericho.  

By planting trees and shrubs, you will helping to protect the health of our harbors and bays!

Friends of the Bay’s water quality monitoring season ended on October 22. Water quality data collected by our citizen scientists is posted on the Friends of the Bay website at http:// friendsofthebay.org/?page_ id=1151. The season will resume on April 1, 2013.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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