January 31, 2008

Research Grant

On Monday, January 28, 2008, the Town Board of Southold passed a resolution supporting Scott Russell's (the town Supervisor) application for a $75,ooo grant from the Environmental Protection Fund. If awarded, the money will be used to conduct a comprehensive ecological study of Great Pond ecosystem and the watershed around it (Great Pond is the 30 acre pond Peconic Dunes County Park shares with 30+ Southold homeowners). The money will also be used to hold free public education workshops about maintaining a healthy watershed (to be held at Peconic Dunes County Park and other locations in Southold). Peconic Dunes' wet lab will also be incorporated into the project by using our aquariums to show specific types of habitat in the pond. This project will also create opportunities for campers to learn about a local watershed and to work alongside Cornell Marine Program researchers as they collect data. Keep your fingers crossed that Southold gets the grant!


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