Stopping lawn fertilizer use among ways to protect Sound

New Canaan Advertiser- March 12, 2019

The director of watershed and Connecticut outreach programs for The Nature Conservancy, Holly Drinkuth, recently spoke to members of the New Canaan Garden Club about the Conservancy’s efforts and strategies to continue to restore and protect clean water and healthy habitats in and along Long Island Sound.

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Senator Murphy leads discussion on health of Long Island Sound

Milford Mirror- March 11, 2019

Representatives from area environmental organizations, and environmentally-minded residents, gathered at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center in Milford Sunday, March 10, with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy to talk about the health of Long Island Sound and other issues.

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Massachusetts city agrees to clean up pollution it’s been sending into Connecticut River and Long Island Sound

Hartford Courant- February 21, 2019

Raw sewage released by the City of Holyoke, Mass., has been flowing down the Connecticut River and into Long Island Sound for decades, but that kind of pollution will now be halted under a federal consent decree agreed to by the city.

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Press Release: Crucial LI Sound Research Receives Funding

Stony Brook- February 11, 2019

More than $1.5 million in funding has been awarded for four research projects looking into ecological issues in the Long Island Sound (LIS) and its watershed. The funding will be administered by New York Sea Grant (NYSG) at Stony Brook University.

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Research casts doubt on EPA drinking water standard

Grist- January 29, 2019

More than 5 million Americans get their drinking water from public water systems that could contain hazardous levels of a chemical called nitrate, which is linked to public health risks — including cancer and birth defects. And the concentrations found in the vast majority of that drinking water would be deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a study published this month in the journal Environmental Health.

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A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertilizer producers, not just farmers

Green Biz- January 25, 2019

Nitrogen pollution is produced by a number of interlinked compounds, from ammonia to nitrous oxide. While they have both natural and human sources, the latter increased dramatically over the past century as farmers scaled up food production in response to population growth. Once these chemicals are released into the air and water, they contribute to problems that include climate change and “dead zones” in rivers, lakes and coastal areas.

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Green and Growing: Kelp farming keeps Fishers Island Sound alive in winter

The Day- January 23, 2019

It is winter, and all the plants are dormant. Maybe. Consider last year’s “60 Minutes” segment that featured a story about a Branford ocean farmer whose sea vegetables — long fronds of sugar kelp — need cold sea water to thrive. Some plants, it turns out, don’t go dormant in the cold.

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Researchers track hurricane’s effects on river pollution and beneficial bacteria

Princeton University- January 7, 2019

Sherman and Shuai, both members of Peter Jaffe’s research group in civil and environmental engineering, had come to investigate nutrient cycling and pollution along the Neuse River in the wake of Hurricane Florence, a September storm that drenched eastern North Carolina with more than 20 inches of rain and led to near-record flooding along the river.

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Shelter Island considers linking home sales to nitrogen-reducing septic system upgrades

Newsday – December 19, 2018

Shelter Island Town is considering requiring the installation of nitrogen-reducing septic systems for all real estate sales, a first-of-its-kind proposal by a Long Island town to improve water quality…

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Grant Supports Long Island Sound Nitrogen Reduction Planning

Environmental Protection Agency – December 4, 2018

With funding from a Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant, The Nature Conservancy and Stonington-based Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH) will partner to develop a community-driven nitrogen reduction action plan in the coastal watershed communities of the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River and Stonington Harbor.

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2018 Long Island Sound Report Card Shows Improvements in Some Areas

New Haven Register – September 24, 2018

Report includes 10 years of data and water quality trends. Research indicates investments in sewage treatment plant upgrades have helped improve water quality in the open waters of  Long Island Sound, but more nitrogen reduction is needed to improve the health of coastal waters. Click to view and download the 2018 Long Island Sound Report Card.

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New technology tracks Connecticut River nitrogen pollution in Massachusetts

MASSLIVE – June 20, 2018

Federal efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound depend upon what happens upstream, and states along the Connecticut River — including Massachusetts — must help solve the problem, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Shellfishing ban in Huntington Harbor due to biotoxin, DEC says

Newsday- May 24, 2018

A temporary ban on harvesting shellfish and carnivorous gastropods — whelks, conchs, moon snails — in Huntington Harbor was put into effect Wednesday, after a marine biotoxin was detected, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday in a news release…

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Connecticut River Mouth and Long Island Sound, April 2017 © Ryan Caron King, WNPR

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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Pollution regulations help Chesapeake Bay seagrass rebound

Science News – March 5, 2018

Underwater grasses are growing back in the Chesapeake Bay. The plants now carpet three times as much real estate as in 1984, thanks to more than 30 years of efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution.

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Rep. Tom Suozzi (speaking), Rep. Lee Zeldin and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) at an event to promote protection of the Long Island Sound. (Photo by Luke Torrance)

Officials recommit to cleaning Long Island Sound

February 9th, 2018

In July of 1997, then Glen Cove Mayor Tom Suozzi and Stamford, Conn., Mayor Dannel […]

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

February 9th, 2018

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

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A man collects snails amid a nitrogen-fueled algae bloom in China's eastern Jiangsu province. LIU JIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

February 9th, 2018

More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. […]

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