Posts Tagged ‘ Long Island Sound ’

Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Quality

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

At present, Connecticut and New York wastewater treatment facilities have done an excellent job in working to meet or beat their permitted nitrogen discharge targets, and we are on pace to meet, or at least get pretty close to the original goal of a 58 percent reduction in nitrogen loading from this source by 2014. However, sewage is not the only source of nitrogen into Long Island Sound, so this reduction represents a significantly smaller percentage of the overall amount of nitrogen entering the Sound from all sources.



$700,000+ in Awards to fund LI Sound Research

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

The Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York, with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Study program, announced today that they will fund research grants that will help efforts to improve water quality and adapt to climate change.

The two projects, totaling $708,308, involve teams of researchers in three states, making it a truly collaborative effort.



Tom Andersen Delivers The Good, the Bad, the Expensive News on LIS

Mar 19th, 2013 | By

Andersen provided a very graphic and depressing picture of the Sound’s condition back in the summer of 1987, when the waters were so low in oxygen and so high in hydrogen sulfide that lobsters and fish were actually crawling or flipping out of the water in desperation. Scuba divers trying to survey the extent of

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Support grows for bills addressing rising sea level, storm surges

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

Sea level in Long Island Sound is expected to rise 1½ feet by 2050, according to testimony from Leah Schmalz, Save the Sound’s director of legislative and legal affairs.



Malloy a Sound friend

Mar 12th, 2013 | By

Despite the continued fiscal and economic challenges confronting the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is making the right choice by continuing state investment in cleaning up Long Island Sound. The legislature should support his position. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Malloy a Sound friend | News from southeastern Connecticut.



An Optimist in Long Island Sound Video | NFWF

Feb 20th, 2013 | By

Here’s a ray of inspiration for anyone who cares about protecting and restoring our natural treasures.



Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Proposed for L.I Sound, Peconic Bay

Feb 19th, 2013 | By

Southold Town may soon be one major stride closer toward protecting its waterways. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from the NorthFork Patch.



Winter Kelp Harvest on Long Island Sound

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

Jang K. Kim, an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, and Jen Savicky, an undergraduate student at UConn, harvest kelp at at the Thimble Island Oyster Farm off Branford on Jan. 30.



Remember Broadwater? LNG terminals sit idle off Boston’s North Shore.

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Check out this Boston Globe story about two LNG terminals built off the North Shore of Massachusetts (at a combined cost of $750 million) several years ago that are now sitting completely idle because of shifts in the LNG market.



What happens with dredge spoil in the Long Island Sound?

Jan 14th, 2013 | By

Don’t dump dredge spoil in eastern Long Island Sound. That was the message some speakers had for the federal Environmental Protection Agency at a hearing on finding potential sites to replace two existing dredge disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound.



Loons, loons, loons: Trip on Long Island Sound yields loons aplenty

Dec 5th, 2012 | By

Loons, loons and more loons. That’s what The Hour saw during a recent birdwatching boat trip out to the Norwalk Islands this week.



Sandy brings a less stormy financial future for oyster farmers

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By

A month after storm Sandy tore across Long Island Sound, Connecticut’s oyster farmers are finally beginning to get a feel for their futures.



Graphs show warming Long Island Sound temperatures

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

Near surface water temperature has been measured regularly for the last 30 years in Niantic Bay by the Millstone Environmental Lab. Each year, temperatures are reported as seasonal averages. This data set represents the longest continuous record of water temperatures in Long Island Sound. Click for more from the Long Island Sound Study.



EPA to decide future of dredging in Sound (subscription)

Nov 15th, 2012 | By

Whether two dredge disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound will continue to be used, new sites will be designated or open-water disposal will be phased out will be determined by an analysis the Environmental Protection Agency expects to complete by 2016. For more on this story, visit: The Day – EPA to decide future

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Seahorse found in Long Island Sound

Nov 8th, 2012 | By

The seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, is native, but an uncommon sight in Long Island Sound. This seahorse was found in October in a seine net during a field trip of educators attending the New York State Outdoor Education Association annual conference at Brookhaven Laboratory in Upton, Long Island. Photo courtesy of Larissa Graham, New York Sea

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NOAA Seafloor Mapping Project Delivers Diverse Data

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

In addition to updating NOAA’s nautical charts, ongoing collaborations in Long Island Sound will create products that depict physical, geological, ecological, geomorphological, and biological conditions and processes – all to balance the development of new ocean uses while protecting and restoring essential habitats.



Save the Sound Appeals Order Allowing Excess Nitrogen Dumping

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

Save the Sound appealed an order that allows the Great Neck sewage district on Long Island to continue polluting the section of the Long Island Sound between Farifield, Nassau and Westchester Counties, the group announced in a press release Thursday. For more on this story, visit: Save the Sound Appeals Order Allowing Excess Nitrogen Dumping

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Restoring the Urban Sea by Farming It

Oct 10th, 2012 | By

With 91% of the seafood that we eat in this country imported from foreign waters there is increased interest in restoring local watersheds to full productivity. While much of the dialogue about sustainable seafood focuses on maintaining adequate resources, some forms of aquaculture can actually help to regenerate ecosystems, revitalize economies, and enhance food security.



The Science of Hypoxia, by Johan Varekamp

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

The oxygen consumption rate in the deeper waters is modulated by the abundance of “rotting” organic material, the debris of locally produced algae (mainly diatoms in the Sound) and the influx of solid organic material from land (leaves, grass) as well as solid carbon debris from waste water treatment facilities. The oxidation of this organic material consumes dissolved O2 until it is fully depleted in the water, and other pathways of organic carbon mineralization then take over.



August saw extreme low oxygen in Western Long Island Sound

Oct 1st, 2012 | By

Water quality testing conducted by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection showed that dissolved oxygen concentrations in 18 square miles of the Sound, between New Rochelle and Larchmont in Westchester and Sands Point and Glen Cove in Nassau, were between 3.5 and 4.79 milligrams per liter.