NEW HAVEN, CT — Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, released the following statement today following the announcement that New York’s portion of Long Island Sound has been approved for designation as a No Discharge Zone by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“The announcement that New York’s half of Long Island Sound will now be a No Discharge Zone is great news for the future health of Long Island Sound,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound. “Seals, lobsters, and striped bass do not abide by political boundaries, so protecting the Sound’s waters must be a bi-state effort. Today’s announcement builds on Connecticut’s No Discharge designation, and further unites Long Island Sound as a regional body of water.
“Prohibiting the discharge of sewage from vessels will ensure that residents have access to healthier boating and swimming waters, and the wildlife who call the Sound home will continue to thrive,” Schmalz said. “Efforts like today’s designation approval help both New York and Connecticut prosper from the billions of dollars that Long Island Sound contributes annually to their economies.”
Today’s designation approval is consistent with the goals of the SoundVision Action Plan, specifically with the goal of protecting clean water to achieve a healthy Sound. Additional goals of the Action Agenda, a citizens’ vision for Long Island Sound, include creating safe and thriving places for all Sound creatures; building Long Island Sound communities that work; and investing in an economically vibrant Long Island Sound.
A No Discharge Zone is a body of water in which the discharge of treated or untreated sewage from all vessels is completely prohibited. Connecticut received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for designation of all coastal waters as a no discharge area (NDA) for vessels in 2007.