Posts Tagged ‘ Long Island Sound ’

New Plan Makes Climate Change Factor in LIS Conservation

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
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The Long Island Sound Study released an update this month as a remedy. “What we’re trying to do,” Mark Tedesco EPA’s director of the LIS office said, “is see how climate change can affect really everything we do — to try to integrate into our thinking and planning, whether it’s controlling nutrient runoff that could change with more intense storms,” or protecting coastal wetlands, a critical buffer between ocean and homes during storms.



Clammer’s lawsuit could end decades-old dispute over where Long Island Sound begins

Sep 24th, 2014 | By

How a judge rules who is correct could end a decades-old dispute over where Long Island Sound begins — and who controls hundreds of acres of underwater land. For more on this story, visit: Clammer’s lawsuit could end decades-old dispute over where Long Island Sound begins – Newsday.



Input sought on Long Island Sound management plan

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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A new management and conservation plan for Long Island Sound identifies six problem areas that should be addressed by governmental agencies and environmental and university groups.



Connecticut shell fishermen protest new Long Island Sound lease requirements

Sep 12th, 2014 | By

About two-dozen shell fishermen from throughout Connecticut, business owners and legislators met outside the state’s Aquaculture Bureau Wednesday to voice strong opposition to new lease terms imposed by the Department of Agriculture. With the support of Milford Democratic state Reps. James Maroney, Kim Rose and Paul Davis, state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, called on Gov.

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Global Warming Key Issue In Update Plan for Protecting Long Island Sound

Sep 9th, 2014 | By

A new 20-year plan to protect Long Island Sound while addressing problems created by global warming and rising sea levels calls for protecting or relocating key coastal facilities like oil tanks and power stations, among other measures. The draft proposal was released Monday by the Long Island Sound Study, a coalition of local, state and

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N.Y. AG reaches clean water agreement with NYC | Legal Newsline

Aug 4th, 2014 | By

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $960,000 agreement with New York City on Thursday that will fund clean water projects in the Long Island Sound and the upper East River. The agreement partially resolves penalties assessed against the city for allegedly falling behind schedule in upgrading nitrogen pollution controls at its Queens-based Tallman

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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.