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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Why parts of the Sound where hypoxia is worst have low transfer efficiency rates of nitrogen pollution discharge from wastewater treatment plantsJan 3rd, 2014 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
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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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.
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, 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
“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.”
New York and Connecticut scientists are studying wetlands along the Long Island Sound to evaluate the potential impact of rising sea levels.
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.
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.
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 HabitatMay 7th, 2013 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
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.
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.
Here’s a ray of inspiration for anyone who cares about protecting and restoring our natural treasures.
The proposed Connecticut state budget earmarks nearly $1 billion to clean up city sewers and Long Island Sound, the biggest two-year commitment since the turn of the century.
Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) has been appointed to the Central Long Island Sound Advisory Council.