A Five Town Problem?
The Five Townships, surrounding the vast Peconic Estuary, the Peconic River and Peconic Bay's many tributaries, coves, creeks and extensive wetlands, are the ultimate stewards of the this unique and beautiful natural wonder world.
As good stewards, the Five Eastern Townships must take the lead and be the prime movers in taking care of what has been described and recognized as "an estuary unique in its natural beauty, special and highly worthy of protection and diligent management."
In other words, we the people of these Five Eastern Towns cannot depend entirely on others to get things done. The estuary is our treasure; it's up to us to take the lead, initiate ideas, make plans and implement them, to protect and preserve what we have. We can't wait!
As is quite obvious, for a good ongoing example, in the town of Southold, some inlets to creeks are shoaling over and are in immediate need of dredging — or the ecology of those creeks will definitely change if the dredging is not done in a more timely manner.
This problem is not a one-town problem. It is a joint problem. Our Peconic Bay, and all that it entails, is at risk. The Five Towns must face up to the task, in a unified effort, to solve the problems that face us on the East End — and not depend entirely on others. What is an obvious and important priority to us may not be No. 1 on the hit list.
UpIsland, upstate and the federal government have their own immediate problems, we cannot wait for them to act; we must take action into our own hands and get the job done!
The Five Towns have what it takes. Our future is in our hands!
December 19, 2006