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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.

Climate change is going to make septic systems a problem for millions, UN warns

The Journal Times- September 27, 2019

More than 60 million people in the U.S. manage their sewage with septic systems, which are incredibly vulnerable to sea level rise and heavy rains. The climate crisis has brought both.

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Suffolk unveils plans for 1,200 new high-tech septic systems next year

Newsday- September 17, 2019

Suffolk County officials are ramping up a plan to reduce nitrogen pollution in waterways by installing 1,200 high-tech septic systems next year, County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday.

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Massachusetts sewage spills no risk to Connecticut residents but could hurt Long Island Sound

Hartford Courant- September 13, 2019

In the past three weeks, problems in two different Massachusetts municipalities sent more than 374,000 gallons of raw sewage pouring down the Connecticut River and eventually into Long Island Sound.

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