What Have We Lost What Can We Save

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The Accabonac Protection Committee will host the forum, “What Have We Lost, What Can We Save,” on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Springs Firehouse on Fort Pond Boulevard. The program will open with the video “Accabonac Harbor,” by Alec Hirschfeld, and then feature various experts who will discuss a number of topics.

Arnold Leo, secretary of the Baymen’s Association and current East Hampton Town consultant on commercial fisheries, will discuss the relocation of the channel between the harbor and Gardiners Bay in the 1950s. Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister will talk about runoff and vector control while East Hampton Town director of natural resources, Larry Penny, will address the value of restoring the Barbara Hale refuge into a meadow.

Mike Bottini, author and environmental consultant, will speak on groundwater and public water issues and Marian Lindberg of the Nature Conservancy will describe the process and value of listing the Accabonac Harbor area as a scenic area of statewide significance.

The committee will also present its new poster featuring a painting of the Accabonac Harbor by Ralph Carpentier. During the event, 10 signed posters will be given away. A question-and-answer session will follow the lectures and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Jorie Latham at 324-1267 or e-mail her at latham@optonline.net.

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