Long Island Sound

New Plan Makes Climate Change Factor in LIS Conservation

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

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.

Input sought on Long Island Sound management plan

Sep 17th, 2014 | By

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.

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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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.

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.

‘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.

Connecticut River Watershed Study Will Assess Impacts of Extreme Rain Events

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A team of Yale researchers will lead a five-year, $3 million study to determine whether an increase in extreme rain events is affecting the transport of dissolved organic matter through the Connecticut River watershed, a phenomenon they say could alter the chemical composition and water quality of the watershed and Long Island Sound.

Westchester County gets ‘B’ for protecting Long Island Sound

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

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.

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.

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.

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Effort underway to link groups connected to Long Island Sound

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

While Long Island Sound stretching 113 miles from New York to the Rhode Island border, there is no umbrella organization to connect the various parts together into a single entity to promote its identity and appreciation. Some hope this isn’t the case for much longer.

Lawmakers air concerns about Long Island Sound

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

Problems such as pesticide contamination, algae blooms and declining lobster populations imperil Long Island Sound, elected officials and environmentalists from New York and Connecticut said Wednesday.

long-island-sound-fishing-boat-cjzurcherOfficials, meeting in Port Jefferson at the second annual Bi-State Long Island Sound Roundtable, discussed strategies for protecting the estuary — a source of jobs and recreation for residents of both states.

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Save The Sound Speaks Out Against Mamaroneck Beach Closures

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Save the Sound, an organization dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the Long Island Sound, posted an article on its blog on July 29 naming bacteria as the cause of the closures. “We urge all Westchester residents to contact their local elected officials and let them know that fixing the sewers and cleaning up

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Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

“For several years we have listened to the experts who told us that these pesticides could not harm the lobster population — last year, however, we learned that the experts may have been wrong,” said Mr. Shaban, ranking member of the Environment Committee. “This measure will give the benefit of the doubt to the people who have been working these waters for their entire lives, and will help restore a lucrative local industry.”

Climate Change And Long Island Sound Marshes

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By
Coastal wetlands provide critical habitat for shorebirds and young fish. (photo: cjzurcher)

New York and Connecticut scientists are studying wetlands along the Long Island Sound to evaluate the potential impact of rising sea levels.

Horseshoe crab quest: Rye students help track survivors of the Ice Age

Jun 18th, 2013 | By

As the horseshoe crab population fluctuates, Mattei of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and other researchers are trying to better understand their numbers and their role in a web that includes fish, long-distance-migrating shorebirds and life-saving biomedical research.

Long Island Sound delicacy on NYC menus, and it isn’t fish

May 30th, 2013 | By

In a first for Long Island Sound, 120 pounds of kelp farmed in waters near the Thimble Islands has made its way to the plates and soupbowls of New York City restaurants. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The Day.

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.

Save the Sound & Cornell University Cooperative Extension Partner to Restore the Sound’s Submerged Fish Habitat

May 7th, 2013 | By

Last week, Save the Sound partnered with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County for our third third event engaging volunteers in restoring the Sound’s submerged aquatic vegetation – eelgrass. Friday’s event took place at the Clinton Town Marina.

$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.