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Town to Hold First Meeting on Crab Meadow Watershed Study

Project aims to protect one of Northport’s most significant plant and wildlife habitats.

The Long Island Sound. Photo by The Maritime Aquarium.
The Long Island Sound. Photo by The Maritime Aquarium.

The Town of Huntington will hold its first Crab Meadow Watershed community meeting Jan. 23 to discuss the fragile environmental habitat in Northport.

The Crab Meadow Watershed will soon become the subject of an extensive study, funded by a 2012 federal government grant, to help support the development of a management plan in furthering to protect and enhance the Crab Meadow Watershed area and the Long Island Sound. 

“Our aim is to start with science, to study and identify how this elaborate and complex system really works,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the project, said in a press release.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Northport Public Library on Laurel Avenue in Northport.

The town’s contractor, GEI Consultants, Inc., will lead the public meeting, supported by Town staff and members from the Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee.

The Town of Huntington requested and received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation / Long Island Sound Futures Fund in 2012 to study how water flows through and is impacted within the extensive Crab Meadow Watershed system and to derive planning goals to maintain and enhance its environmental quality.  

“This first gathering will serve as a starting point – to inform the community of what the project entails, to educate about watershed values, to listen to ideas and concerns relating to the proposed plan’s topic areas, and to open a portal for community input,” Cuthbertson said. “Community involvement is vital for this effort.”

The Stewardship Plan will have five major topics including access and recreation; community involvement and education; habitat, plants and wildlife; infrastructure and restoration; and water resources and quality.   

Future goals will be identified for the primary area with greatest influence to Long Island Sound and a secondary contributing area.  The watershed area encompasses just over 3,500 acres (5.6 square miles) and extends south from the Long Island Sound in Northport to Bellerose Avenue in East Northport. 

For more information or to participate in this environmental project, contact Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 351-3171 or via email at MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

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