Floating Wetlands For Montauk’s Fort Pond

first_imgTwo floating wetlands are coming to Fort Pond in Montauk after the East Hampton Town Board approved a $25,200 grant at its November 21 meeting.The grant goes to Concerned Citizens of Montauk. CCOM is already testing Fort Pond on a regular basis for both the levels of toxic chemicals in the water, as well as for algae.Laura Tooman, president of CCOM, said Monday that the idea of a floating wetland was brought to CCOM’s attention by Jason Beury, a landscape conservation designer employed by Ruschmeyer’s, and the resort’s general manager, Tyler Aposhian. Ruschmeyer’s overlooks Fort Pond from its perch on a hill across Second House Road.Over the past few years, she said, Ruschmeyer’s has made a concerted effort to contribute to the health of Fort Pond. For example, Tooman said, it ripped out the impervious asphalt parking lot, from which pollutants could flow downhill straight into Fort Pond, and replaced it with a pervious surfaced lot. It also began using rain barrels to capture runoff from the roofs on the sprawling site, and planted native plants on the property.A floating wetland is a mat, Tooman explained, in which plants are planted. There will be two mats anchored on Fort Pond, one on its north shore near the rocks by Edgemere Street and Industrial Road, the other on the south shore near Kirk Park, totaling 3000 square feet. The two mats will have different configurations, depending on the exact location, to be determined through CCOM’s work with the town’s natural resources department, headed by Kim Shaw. It is a pilot program, Tooman said. At the end of the season, the mats will be taken up, and the plants tested to see how much they grew, and how much of the nutrients in the water, like nitrogen and phosphorous, that would otherwise feed the algae blooms were absorbed by the plants. The plants will then be recycled back into the earth. [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

PD Poll, final results: Who is responsible for reducing the amount of antibiotic residues in meat?

first_imgto jump to the article.advertisementadvertisementSummary: In a poll conducted January through March 2011, Progressive Dairyman asked readers whether the dairy industry, beef industry, veal industry or all three should be responsible for reducing the antibiotic residues. The results signified that this is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue. See the results below.[Click here or on the image above right to see the full list of the Top 25 articles of 2011. Click here to see the list from 2010.] ARTICLEProgressive Dairyman readers overwhelmingly agree that all livestock producers are responsible for the safety and integrity of the food supply. This is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue.advertisementThere is no room in the cattle industry for farmers and veterinarians who refuse to “play by the rules,” whether it be animal care, antibiotic use or environmental stewardship.All cattle producers (beef, dairy and veal) must take the issue of residue violations in meat and milk seriously. We need to do a better job of keeping records and observing withholding times on cows and calves shipped to market.The rules are changing rapidly and we can expect increased scrutiny of market cattle in the future.What you can do:1. Use antibiotics correctly.Proper administration of antibiotics starts by talking to your veterinarian. Make certain antibiotics are necessary and that the correct product is being used. Always read the label carefully and follow directions closely.A protocol developed with your veterinarian is the best way to be sure you are treating the right animals with the right antibiotics.• Treat the fewest number of animals possible and withhold treated animals or animal products for the recommended length of time. If you are unsure of whether the treated animal has cleared the drug, contact your veterinarian or use a test for residues.advertisement• Remember, providing an antibiotic in a different way than described on the label is an extra-label drug use and is prohibited except under the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).• The proper use of antibiotics includes everything from knowing how to read and understand drug labels to proper injection practices. FDA-approved drugs fall into the following major categories:• Veterinary prescription (Rx) drugs must be dispensed by or on the written order of a licensed veterinarian within a valid VCPR.• Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are available without a prescription if the label instructions are followed.• Using drugs in a way that differs from the label is referred to as extra-label drug use. Extra-label drug use is prohibited except on the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid VCPR. This is important because any use not listed on the label may require a longer withdrawal time.2. Keep good records:A good record system is essential and should include the following components:• Identification of all animals treated individually or by group• Drugs used• Dates treated – if more than once, include the first and last days of treatment• Dosage used• Route and location of administration• Withdrawal time• Name of the person who administered the product.Here are the facts:Roughly 90 percent of tissue residues in beef are from the dairy industry;• 67 percent comes from cull cows; 23 percent veal.• About 8 percent of all beef comes from cull dairy cows. Dairy-type cattle, including dairy steers, represent about 20 percent of U.S. beef produced.Nationally: 93,997 dairy cows screened with the FAST test (suspect cows at slaughter)• 926 (~1 percent) had drug resides.• The most common causes of residues were penicillin and sulfadimethoxine, both available over-the-counter.• Notably, there were many residues for flunixin (Banamine) in dairy cows as well.• There were also many residues for gentamycin and neomycin, underscoring both that the aminoglycosides have essentially permanent residues in cattle and that they should not be used in food animals.Ronald F. Eustice Executive Director,Minnesota Beef Councilback to toplast_img read more

Telling Our Stories: Hurricane Buelah

first_img Share RelatedFormer Port Isabel Mayor Leo ‘Speck’ Sanders diesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Former Port Isabel Mayor Leo Floyd Sanders died Monday after battling a brief illness, his family said. Sanders was 90 years old. Known as “Speck” among family, friends and local residents, Sanders served two terms as mayor — 1966-1970 and 1972-1976 — as…June 22, 2018In “News”Candidates selected for Island oral history projectBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS At their June meeting, the South Padre Island Historic Preservation Committee began making plans to conduct an Oral History Program with video interviews of members of the community who were instrumental figures during the development of the City. The committee revisited the discussion…July 25, 2015In “News”Committee brings new ideas to Oral History ProgramBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS After nearly three months since their last meeting, the South Padre Island Historical Preservation Committee got back together for October’s regular meeting. The Historic Preservation Committee is designed to preserve, protect, and enhance the distinctive elements of South Padre Island’s historic, architectural, archaeological,…October 12, 2015In “News” Special to the PRESSThe Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 E. Railroad Ave.Leo “Speck” Sanders married into the prominent shrimping family of his wife, Nancy Sanders. Together, the couple have a family of four children — three beautiful girls and one handsome son. Speck Sanders became a Port Isabel resident in 1950 and served as mayor in the mid-1960s. Sanders was also in the insurance and real estate business for many years.During the Hurricane Beulah, Sanders made sure to help residents rebuild Port Isabel again in every way he could. He would go out of his way to make sure that residents had what was needed.Please join the Museums of Port Isabel for an entertaining evening with Mr. Sanders, who will be giving a presentation on “Hurricane Beulah.” All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed at preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate the local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.“Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.This edition of Telling Our Stories is proudly sponsored by Ron and Cecilia Bliss, who own the Southwind Inn.For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com. You may also email [email protected] the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Kotoko CEO confirms major transfers

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong has confirmed that, five young players in the team that embarked on the club’s training tour of Serbia will not be returning.According to him, these players have secured contracts with some clubs in Serbia and will not be part of the team that will come to Ghana.Dr. Sarpong told Asempa Sports that, some of the senior players are likely to return to Serbia for their medicals if they are able to reach proper agreements with the interested clubs.He said that as much as they are selling to make money to run the club, they are also recruiting new players who are equally fit and capable of replacing the players that will exit.He confirmed that some big names currently in the Kotoko squad will be leaving for Europe to raise money to settle other club commitments.He called on the Kotoko fraternity not to despair if some of the players who are really playing well exit the club, and promised they will fill any gaps in the team before the start of next season. Kumasi Asante Kotoko is due to return to Ghana from Serbia on Thursday after embarking on a pre-season training tour.last_img read more