Many of you may have noticed that there is a growing mountain of debris on the North side of the Glover Farm on Quaker Path.

The debris appears to be compost and it is being piled as high as a two-story home.  For the past week, an endless convoy of tractor-trailers and ten-wheeled dump trucks has been delivering this material to the farm via Strawberry Lane and then Quaker Path.  The trucks are then backing onto the farm land and dumping their loads which are then being pushed by bulldozer into piles rivaling those at the Long Island Compost. 

We are being told that this operation is tied to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the material is debris from Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently this is material that cannot be processed through the "Burn Curtain" at the Brookhaven landfill and FEMA has directed that this material be distributed throughout the region to sites such as farms. 

Calls to Councilwoman Kepert have yielded little in the way of hard facts but we've been told that DEC chief Peter Scully has been notified and is looking into the issue and that Connie will be meeting with Brookhaven's Law Department to discuss what's going on and what, if anything can be done to address this.

No one yet seems to know just how much material will be delivered to the farm or what it will eventually be used for, but it's fair to say that a few thousand cubic yards have already been delivered and trucks are arriving on a regular basis.  It is rumored that the material will eventually be drawn out across the farm as a top-dressing and then turned under to facilitate blueberry cultivation, but at this time that cannot be confirmed.

The obvious concern is that the farm will be used as a site for warehousing compost and that this will continue indefinitely but again at this time no one can say for sure just what is going on, how long it will last or what the overall purpose may be.

We will post updates on this issue as we get them.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns about this, please call your Councilperson, Connie Kepert (451-6968) and your Legislator Kate Browning (852-1300) and let them know of your concerns.