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CCE PRESS CENTER

MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release:
Friday, May 11, 2012
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, (516) 390-7150, (631) 384-1378 (mobile)

YAPHANK LAKES ARE BEING STRANGLED BY INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES – WORSE YEAR ON RECORD! PRESS CONFERENCE: STAKEHOLDERS URGE TOWN & COUNTY TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

Come See the Worst Blooms of Aquatic Invasive Species in Any Long Island Lake

Yaphank, NY - Residents and stakeholders of the Carmans River Working Group have been working for over half a decade to rid Upper and Lower Yaphank Lakes of annual blooms of invasive species Cabomba and Variable Leaf Milfoil. Despite years of work by the Working Group, the lakes, located at the headwaters of the Carmans River are worse than ever because the County and the Town have been painfully slow to act.

Community members have spent years establishing a plan to restore the lakes, but are dreading another spring and summer where they simply cannot use these lakes due to the intense density of the invasive species. Warm weather should signal a new start and provide an opportunity to go fishing, boating and swimming, as families have done for decades. Unfortunately, for these residents, as they watch the plants aggressively take over, it is not only a painful reminder of how slow government is to act, but also of the way of life they have lost.

Residents and stakeholders will stand beside the River as they call on Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County pull up the breaks and take immediate and meaningful actions to restore the river.


When:   Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11am
Where: Home of Chad Trusnovec –
              178 Main Street, Yaphank NY 11980

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updated by tbono  5/11/12