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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.

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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.

Coral study traces excess nitrogen to Maui wastewater treatment facility

UC Santa Cruz- April 3, 2019

A new method for reconstructing changes in nitrogen sources over time has enabled scientists to connect excess nutrients in the coastal waters of West Maui, Hawaii, to a sewage treatment facility that injects treated wastewater into the ground.

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Citizen science shows that climate change is rapidly reshaping Long Island Sound

The Conversation- April 1, 2019

Our study, published on March 21, shows how rapidly temperatures in eastern Long Island Sound have increased over the past four decades. At 0.45 degrees Celsius per decade, the sound is warming four times faster than the global ocean.

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Is your kitchen-sink disposal environmentally friendly?

ABC News- March 20, 2019

“Keep in mind that when food is added to the wastewater system, it must be further treated,” says Maggie Sauerhage, a spokeswoman for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. She suggests learning about your local water infrastructure first.

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