Target: East Hampton Town Board
Goal: To stop unregulated air traffic from disturbing natural habitats in East Hampton.
In recent years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has directed air traffic over natural habitats to avoid noise pollution in residential areas. In doing so, the FAA has reduced the quality of life in certain regions and put much of East Hampton’s preserved natural wildlife in danger. With the recent influx of helicopters making trips from New York City into Long Island mainly through the airport in East Hampton, noise and air pollution have grown dramatically in recent years. While the added pollutants from the vehicles are an annoyance to the local residents, they are more importantly causing a great deal of irreversible, environmental harm to Long Island’s protected nature reserves.
In previous years, aircrafts (most notably helicopters) have traveled to Long Island through one of three nature preserves. The notable impact on local wildlife has been devastating, especially in regards to the declining number of endangered species such as the Piping Plover and Least Terns, a species that may have as few as 20 nests remaining in the area. If nothing is done to control the pollutants from local air traffic, these species could disappear from East Hampton within the next few years.
Local groups such as the East Hampton Environmental Coalition and the Quiet Skies Coalition have decided to stand up to the FAA and state that air and noise pollution from these helicopters and jets is hurting communities and environments in the area. If the East Hampton Town Board were to regain control of the airport and surrounding skies, then accountability for local environments would rest with local inhabitants. Sign this petition and tell the East Hampton Town Board to stop unregulated air traffic from disturbing local habitats and communities.
Dear East Hampton Town Board,
While the FAA continues to allow helicopters and jets to pollute the skies over East Hampton, local communities and nature preserves suffer the consequences. In recent years, East Hampton has seen a decline in the number of species that reside in the surrounding habitats because of the resurgence of noise and air pollution that make nesting difficult. Least Terns are thought to have fewer than 20 nests remaining and will likely be gone from the area in the next few years unless some dramatic changes are made.
East Hampton is a town that is known for its natural beauty. By allowing unregulated air traffic to pollute the skies above it, you are hurting the natural habitats and the communities that reside there. That is why we urge that you take back control of the East Hampton airport and put strict regulations on flights coming into and out of the area. In doing so, you could save the natural beauty that is East Hampton, and increase the quality of life for local communities, both human and non.
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