Posts Tagged ‘ Long Island Sound ’

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 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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Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal and Murphy announce $3.9M for Long Island Sound

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy have announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is set to pass Congress, includes $3.9 million in federal funding for the Long Island Sound program. The federal investment is $1 million more than the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request of $2.9 million and approximately $200,000 more than last year’s funding levels.

Why parts of the Sound where hypoxia is worst have low transfer efficiency rates of nitrogen pollution discharge from wastewater treatment plants

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

When you look at the map of transfer efficiencies, you notice that the efficiency generally gets higher from east to west, and from north to south.

Wastewater treatment plants closer to Western LIS and the Narrows, where hypoxia is worst, have the highest transfer efficiencies, which makes sense.

But some of the biggest plants which discharge into LIS are those serving New York City, which when combined, discharge just over 1,000,000,000 (yes, one billion) gallons of treated sewage per day. By volume of discharge and total nitrogen load, the impact of these plants dwarfs the impact of surrounding facilities.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Long Island Sound Study.

New book synthesizes 35 years of Long Island Sound research

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

The Long Island Sound Study has announced the publication of “Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea,” describing it as “the most comprehensive review and synthesis of scientific research of the Long Island Sound in 35 years.”

Huge die-back threatens lobsters

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The moratorium on lobster harvests in the Long Island Sound that began Sept. 8 will end for Connecticut fishermen Nov 28. According to a pair of men who have been pulling lobsters from the sound all their lives, why bother? “It’s been a disaster the last four or five years,” said Roger Frate, 68. “There’s

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$1.29 Million Awarded for Community-Based Projects on Long Island Sound

Oct 26th, 2013 | By
A harbor seal stops in West Haven summer of 2013 on its way to Maine. (photo: cjzurcher)

Top federal and state environmental officials announced 23 grants totaling $1,295,972 to local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York to improve the health of Long Island Sound. The projects, which are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, will open up 12.2 river miles for passage of native fish and restore 50 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat including intertidal marsh, coastal forest, grasslands and freshwater wetlands.

Join the Source to Sea Cleanup and Help Protect the Connecticut River System

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) invites you take action this October by joining thousands of other volunteers across New England in the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup of the Connecticut River system—rivers and streams and their banks, as well as parks, boat launches, trails and more.

Area of low oxygen in Sound smaller this year than last

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

The area of seasonal hypoxia, or depleted oxygen, in Long Island Sound this summer appears to be significantly smaller than last year, but it’s too early — and there are too many year-by-year fluctuations — to call it a trend, Sound-watchers say. For more on this story, visit: Area of low oxygen in Sound smaller

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Low oxygen levels present even in bays in eastern estuary, UConn researchers find

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

Even in the cleaner eastern end of Long Island Sound, oxygen levels in the most inland reaches of some coves and bays drops to suffocatingly low levels virtually every night in late summer, only to rebound when the sun comes up in the morning, University of Connecticut researchers have found.

Funds Available for Marine Pumpout Programs to Protect Waters of Long Island Sound: DEEP

Jun 25th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced that more than $1 million in federal funds are available for boat sewage disposal facilities, or pumpout stations, on Long Island Sound for the 2014 boating season. The program is administered by DEEP with a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act Program.

Sea level takes on new importance in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

State regulators for the first time will have the authority to consider sea level rise as one of the factors in applications for money under the state’s Clean Water Fund as a result of legislation that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law, officials said. “I think people realize that these are factors that we should be taking into account,” said state Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, chairman of the state’s Shorefront Preservation Task Force. The bill was one of four that emerged from the task force’s work.

Officials Announce Long Island Sound Legislation

May 30th, 2013 | By
In addition to Reps. Israel and DeLauro, original cosponsors of the legislation include Reps. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), John Larson (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Joe Courtney (D-CT).

N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Steve Israel and Connecticut’s Rosa DeLauro have announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to protect Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Stewardship and Restoration Act will advance the protection and restoration of this key estuary. They were joined by local environmental groups, including the New York and Connecticut Audubon Societies, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Nature Conservancy NY, the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, the Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee and Save the Sound. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Oysters: A complicated economy and ecology

May 29th, 2013 | By

There were two bills before the state Legislature in Hartford that had big and small operators in opposite camps. One would have decreased the size of harvestable oysters from 3 inches to 2 inches. The other would have opened up more leases offshore. The bills arrived at a time when the health of the Sound–

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Connecticut Senators push for Long Island Sound preservation

May 6th, 2013 | By

Four U.S. Senators are pushing for increased funding for the preservation of the Long Island Sound.

Last year the funding for the Sound was around $4 million; the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request proposes cutting the funding to $2.9 million, according to the release. The four senators introduced legislation last year to preserve the Long Island Sound through 2016.

NY Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin to keynote 22nd Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit, April 26

Apr 16th, 2013 | By

NEW HAVEN, CT – Today, Save the Sound announced that prize-winning New York Times climate blogger, journalist and author Andrew Revkin will be the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on April 26. This year’s summit will take place at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In the aftermath of

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