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Accomplishments of the Conservancy
- Updated and expanded water testing to include over 50 sites, including both salt water and fresh water locations.
- Incorporated grasslands restoration into the Conservancy's existing programs, including funding for restoration work on over 60 acres on Fishers Island. Expansion of the grasslands project may potentially include up to a total of over 100 acres of restored grasslands.
- Worked with land owners to restore grasslands habitat on private property.
- Continued to provide funding and support for both public and private Island organizations for the identification and removal of invasive plant species.
- Created the 25th Anniversary Grant Program to support and sustain initiatives for the study of our island environment through outreach, education and personal studies.
- Joined with other Island organizations to create and fund a study of the vulnerability of our precious south coast to rising sea levels and potentially more severe weather systems.
- Conducted water study to determine the amount of potable water and water quality on the Island, and to identify aquifer boundaries.
- Funded "Fishers Island Water Supply & Watershed Study" in conjunction with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The Conservancy's Ed Horning led the ecological component of this major study.
- Raised community awareness of pesticide use on golf courses, lawns and near water sources.
- Promoted No Discharge Zone for boats in Fishers Island waters.
- Developed and implemented a pilot program to control the invasive reed Phragmites on a wetland site.
- Established non-toxic mosquito control program.