Posts Tagged ‘ Long Island Sound ’

Pesticides in Long Island Sound Lobsters. What Does It Mean? | thissphere

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

Tiny amounts of pesticides have been found in a handful of lobsters caught in Long Island Sound and tested by the Connecticut DEEP and UConn. You can read a good account of it in the Ct Mirror, here. It is an interesting finding, but it’s also perplexing. Researchers will now look for a cause and

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Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time: more study planned

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed the presence of pesticides in Long Island Sound lobsters — albeit a very small sample — for the first time since the crustaceans began their precipitous decline in 1999. The findings are a surprise to the scientific and environmental communities, which have generally thought that warming

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Blumenthal shelves idea for Long Island Sound National Marine Sanctuary

Jul 9th, 2012 | By

Senator joins rest of state delegation to find other ways to protect ‘a national treasure’ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has backed off a proposal to establish Long Island Sound as a National Marine Sanctuary, opting instead to join with the rest of the state’s congressional delegation in pursuing other means of enhancing protection of the

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Cleaning up the Sound – starting with city sewage overflows

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By

Last week, Save the Sound testified publicly in favor of the New Haven regional sewer authority investing $50 million in sewage treatment plant improvements in New Haven. Part of the environmental justice is providing clean water, safe swimming, and safe boating and clamming for all people, including under served communities like New Haven. By cleaning up New Haven’s harbor, we clean up the entire Sound.

Study: Long Island in Sea Level ‘Hotspot’

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A new study finds that a broad coastal zone is prone to higher rates of rising sea levels: Is Long Island sinking? A new scientific study places Long Island in the middle of a 600-mile coastal “hotspot” that researchers say is experiencing higher rates of sea level increases. The bottom line implication is that, over

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UConn Marine Scientists to Help Map the Sound

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

The Long Island Sound, the largest estuary in the Northeast, has long provided livelihoods and recreation for hundreds of thousands of people, and has been a subject of fascination, conservation, and controversy. Now for the first time, scientists will create comprehensive biological and geological maps of the Sound, including seafloor characteristics, water currents, and wildlife

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My Citizens Agenda: Curt Johnson advocates for a restored Long Island Sound

May 31st, 2012 | By

Our Senate candidates must set their goal on shifting 2 percent of our federal investment in our great estuaries toward restoring and healing Long Island Sound. The hard work of planning how to bring back the Sound is done — it’s time for an investment in action. For more on this story, visit: My Citizens

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LIS Marine sanctuary idea merits a closer look

May 28th, 2012 | By

According to the Office of Marine Sanctuaries websites, each of the 13 sanctuary areas so far designated has its own unique set of regulations, but there are some prohibitions typical for many sanctuaries. For more on this story, visit: Marine sanctuary idea merits a closer look – GreenwichTime.

Thousands of gallons of toxic fluids flow through Glen Cove scrapyard

May 25th, 2012 | By

GLEN COVE (WABC) — Thousands of gallons of toxic fluids were flowing all over a Long Island scrap yard. “You can’t just decide that you’re going to cut corners because you don’t feel like paying, and because you don’t feel like taking the extra step the extra time to dispose of these fluids,” said Nassau

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In Westport, Blumenthal floats plan for Long Island Sound preserve

May 25th, 2012 | By

A “major part” of Long Island Sound would be designated a marine sanctuary and undersea preserve under a proposal announced by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal during a Sunday meeting of the Friends of Sherwood Island in Westport. “The idea is, instead of building new pipelines and new means of transporting energy and industrializing the Sound,

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State trying to protect Atlantic sturgeon

May 14th, 2012 | By

Atlantic sturgeon — large, angular fish that can be 12 to 14 feet long, weigh 300 to 400 pounds and live 50 to 100 years — have became one of the newest additions to the federal Endangered Species List, qualifying them for greater protection and restoration efforts. The Day of New London reports.

Sound Friendly Yards green in more ways than one

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Group is encouraging lawn care that avoids pollution of waterways Liz White describes the landscaping surrounding her year-old waterfront home on Masons Island as “a work in progress,” from the wooded edge to the rock garden, from the native grasses and shrubs buffering the shoreline to the organically treated lawn and pesticide-free ornamental trees. Specifically,

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Sound pollution problems go far beyond Connecticut

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Numerous sewage treatment plants throughout New England are at maximum capacity and overflow during periods of heavy rain, sending untreated sewage into Long Island Sound. Millions of people live in New England and Long Island. Heavy rain storms such as Irene have caused scores of sewage treatment plants to overflow, sending untreated waste down to

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Long Island Sound caucus to help organize, focus and unify Sound goals and efforts

Apr 5th, 2012 | By

The next time there is a funding battle or a natural disaster involving Long Island Sound, legislators won’t have to scramble quite so much to unify, mobilize and speak with one organized voice, The New Haven Register reports.

“Seals, lobsters, and striped bass do not abide by political boundaries, so protecting the Sound’s waters must be a bipartisan, bi-state effort,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound.

Broadwater withdrawal signals floating gas plant ‘dead’

Mar 7th, 2012 | By

“In sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting to vacate their certificates, Broadwater has signaled that their proposed floating gas plant is finally dead,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound.

After years of opposition, protests, petitions, legal wrangling, and partnering with federal and state officials on both sides of Long Island Sound, “the health and safety of our Sound will not be compromised by the proposed industrial complex.” Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from Save the Sound.

Sea Grant Project Yields Kelp Harvest in Long Island Sound

Mar 5th, 2012 | By

Kelp farming and harvesting is now a reality in Long Island Sound, as a result of a Connecticut Sea Grant research project led by Dr. Charles Yarish. Yarish is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.

The first crop of farmed kelp in Long Island Sound was harvested on February 14, 2012.

Audubon Society leaders: Budget shortchanges Long Island Sound cleanup

Feb 26th, 2012 | By

The leaders of the Connecticut and New York chapters of the National Audubon Society called on Congress Thursday to reverse proposed environmental cuts, saying President Barack Obama’s budget shortchanges Long Island Sound cleanup. “Now, more than ever, federal funds are needed for Long Island Sound in Connecticut,” Tom Baptist, executive director for Audubon Connecticut, said

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Blumenthal says L.I. Sound should be marine refuge

Feb 12th, 2012 | By

Long Island Sound should become the 14th National Marine Sanctuary, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday, joining areas such as the Stellwagen Bank off Massachusetts Bay and the Florida Keys in a special protected status for ecological and cultural resources.

CFE and Save the Sound to focus on Long Island Sound, other issues, this legislative session

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

CFE and Save the Sound are proposing that the legislature engage in initiatives that would educate home buyers, renters and property owners about energy efficiency; encourage more investment in building energy efficiency; increase bi-state coordination between Connecticut and New York state legislators on Long Island Sound policies; create jobs and protect clean water through collaborations with Connecticut Marine Trades Association and the Clean Water Investment Coalition; support Clean Water Fund FY 2012 authorizations; ensure investments are made in new transit services and promote federal funding for rail and bus transit; promote the role of natural landscapes in mitigating the effects of floods and major storms; and defend against bills that seek to weaken or roll back environmental protections. Click on this environmental headline for the complete news from CFE.

Court Finds New York State’s Program to Stem Biggest Source of Water Pollution Too Lax

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

A state court has ruled that New York State is failing to take legally required steps to clean up one of the biggest sources of pollution in its waterways — stormwater runoff. The January 10th decision of the Westchester County Supreme Court comes in a lawsuit NRDC filed in 2010, which challenged a statewide “general

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