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Keeping
The promise
of Clean Coastal Waters
in Long Island Sound

Nitrogen pollution threatens our way of life, but we can fix it.

Nitrogen pollution in coastal waters of Long Island Sound is reaching a tipping point. The longer we wait to fix it, the harder and costlier it will be. The Nature Conservancy has developed this website to provide the information, tools and resources coastal communities need to restore and protect clean, healthy waters – now and for future generations.

Milford, CT © R. Lowenthal, TNC
Nature Can't Wait
And Neither Can We

Our Approach

Cladophora Mat, Eastern CT © J. Vaudrey, UCONN

The Problem and Sources

Nitrogen pollution from wastewater and fertilizers is a growing threat in our waters.

Branford, CT © Vaudrey Lab, UCONN

Impacts and Threats

Excess nitrogen in coastal waters puts public health and communities at risk.

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Fixing the Problem

We’ve made great progress cleaning up the Sound, but there is more to be done.

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Comparing Solutions

Scientists and engineers have proven approaches for restoring water quality.

Saugatuck River, Westport, CT © R. Lowenthal, TNC

Planning and Guidance

Identify actions, steps and resources to help safeguard clean and healthy waters.

Waterford, CT © D. Gumbart, TNC

Citizen Actions

Everyone depends on clean water – we can all do our part to restore and protect it.

News

Federal Spending Package Includes Significant Boosts to Long Island Sound Conservation

WNPR – March 30, 2018

A federal budget cycle akin to a wild roller coaster ride ended up boosting funding for some environmental work. With his signature last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending package that shores up funding for two conservation and research programs in Long Island Sound.

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In New England, Gone Are The Days When Septic Can Be Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

WBUR News – January 1, 2018

About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country.

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Pollution Regulations Help Chesapeake Bay Seagrass Rebound

Science News – March 5, 2018

Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay now carpet three times as much real estate as in 1984, thanks to more than 30 years of efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution. This success story shows that regulations to protect the bay’s health have made a difference…

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