Posts Tagged ‘ Long Island Sound ’

Long Island Sound Rebounding From Centuries of Abuse, Faces Global Warming

Jul 27th, 2014 | By

The combination of salt and fresh water makes estuaries like the Sound among the richest ecosystems on earth. Marine scientists say more than 1,200 different invertebrate species still live in the Sound, along with 170 species of fish. Its shores and marshes serve as a critical stopping point for tens of thousands of migrating birds.

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Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.



Agency: Climate change part of Sound problems

Jul 6th, 2014 | By

Long Island Sound may look healthy as it shimmers in the sunlight, but new studies raise questions about the waterway’s overall condition and whether beaches are safe for swimming. A federally funded report by The Nature Conservancy found seagrass along Connecticut’s coast — a critical habitat for shellfish and other species — has declined 90

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NY clean water legislation fails to make it to Senate floor

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

Despite the op/ed pieces, press conferences, television appearances and lobbying by county and state officials and environmentalists from across the region, 2014 may not be the year for clean water on Long Island. The state Senate failed to act last week on sweeping legislation aimed at safeguarding Nassau and Suffolk county’s many bays and tributaries,

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Plum Island going back under the microscope

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Environmental experts on both sides of Long Island Sound are embarking on new initiatives designed to educate the public about the importance of preserving Plum Island. In New York, the state Department of Environment Conservation is funding a year-long study of the island. Starting in January 2015, biologists from the DEC’s New York Natural Heritage

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Interested in helping restore and protect LISound this summer? Attend a Stewardship Day in Long Island this July!

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

Interested in doing your part to restore and protect the Sound this summer? Then, attend one or all of the upcoming volunteer Stewardship Days in Long Island this July! No experience required – you will be taught everything you need to know. We hope to see you there! Stewardship Day volunteer opportunities: · Thursday, July

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Save the Sound is now working from Westchester

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Once based just in Connecticut, Save the Sound, a bi-state organization, now has an office in Westchester and a director whose focus is this end of Long Island Sound. For more on this story, visit: Save the Sound is now working from Westchester.



Illegal Dumping in New Haven Harbor Leads to $1.2 Million in Fines

May 20th, 2014 | By
Long Island Sound shipping operations as seen from Lighthouse Point Park (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Oily water separators are used on tanker ships to figure out whether or not oily waste is clean enough to dump in the ocean. In this case, investigators received a tip hours before a 577-foot tanker called the Bow Lind pulled into port in New Haven.



Federal funds sought to help farmers protect bays, Sound

May 13th, 2014 | By

Turn the Peconic Estuary and Long Island Sound into a “critical conservation” area and free up federal funds for local farmers to protect water quality? It’s a “no-brainer,” North Fork politicians say. “We need this designation and I am confident … that we’re going to get this done,” said Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). “And when

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What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast?

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

researchers at Yale University want to find out what happens to the chemical composition and water quality of the Connecticut River watershed and the Long Island Sound with more heavy rain.



‘Long Island Sound should be critical conservation area’: Malloy

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
Long Island Sound as seen from Long Wharf Nature Preserve in New Haven (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Malloy joins with Connecticut’s congressional delegation, members of New York’s congressional delegation and many stakeholders who also have asked Secretary Vilsack to designate Long Island Sound a critical conservation area.



2014 Sound Futures Fund Grant Program Announced

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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The program, which was created by the Long Island Sound Study through its federal and state partners, is managed by NFWF. Further information, including the request for proposals, is available on NFWF’s Sound Futures Fund grant page. The deadline to apply is May 22.



Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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New Haven-based Long Island Sound advocacy group Save the Sound says Westchester’s sewage treatment plants are doing a good job removing nitrogen before discharging into the Sound but have to do more.



Gillibrand, Bishop Call on USDA to Designate LI Sound and Peconic Bay as Critical Conservation Areas

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

Lawmakers pushed for the designation through a newly created federal watershed program under the 2014 farm bill, which passed earlier this year. Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Bishop pointed out that steering critical funding toward Long Island would address water quality issues and enhance soil fertility, allowing Long Island farmers, who faced devastation from Superstorm Sandy, to access tools to help adapt to severe weather patterns.



CFE seeks your support for Long Island Sound legislation

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
Rerouting shipping lanes into Boston to reduce collisions with Right Whales is a classic example of effective Marine Spatial Planning. (Map: NOAA)

You may also submit testimony and comments in support of the Blue Plan Advisory Committee via email to ENV.testimony@cga.ct.gov no later than 8 a.m. on Friday. You can use model testimony as a guide. (click for more information.) Sign-up for speaking at the hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in the LOB atrium. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



U.S. Senate to vote on Long Island Sound restoration bill amendment

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

New legislation that would provide $325 million in federal funding for a Long Island Sound restoration project is heading to the U.S. Senate for a vote, according to a press release issued by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s office. The bill — sponsored by Mr. Schumer, fellow New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris

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Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions in Long Island this March

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

Interested in monitoring alewives in Long Island this spring? Then, attend one of the upcoming Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions this March. No experience required. For more on this story, visit: Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions in Long Island this March « Long Island Sound Study.



Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

New York, NY – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy announced a key Senate committee’s passage of legislation to bring federal dollars to support the restoration of Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Stewardship Act that Senators Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal and Murphy introduced last year passed out of

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Hundreds of gallons of oil spill into Long Island Sound

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

Crews are working in the Long Island Sound to clamp a leak on a power line that was cut back on January 6th and started leaking hundreds of gallons of oil. For more on this story, visit: Hundreds of gallons of oil spill into Long Island Sound | PIX 11.



With lobsters in mind, Maine legislator proposes ban on some pesticides

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

Pesticides have long been considered a menace by Maine’s lobster industry, and now a Deer Isle lawmaker is proposing legislative help in keeping some of the chemicals away from the state’s top commercial fishery. According to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that

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