02 April 2016

• Improved Water Quality Upstream Helps Long Island Sound

“Water quality in Connecticut streams flowing into Long Island Sound has steadily improved over the last 40 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

“USGS has been monitoring water quality in the state’s streams for 43 years, since the implementation of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Nitrogen concentrations in the streams studied have decreased significantly adding to the overall water quality improvements. These nitrogen decreases are due to several factors including upgrades in wastewater facilities, and reductions in nitrogen from precipitation….”

• On the Other Hand...

“High nitrogen levels in the Sound can lead to fish die-offs and harmful algae blooms. Last summer, more than 100 terrapin turtles died as a result of high nitrogen levels, according to Roger Reynolds, legal director for Connecticut Fund for the Environmental/Save the Sound.

“’The Long Island Sound is very much under distress,” Reynolds said, noting nitrogen flows to the Sound mostly from water-treatment plants, combined sewer overflows, lawn fertilizers and storm runoff….'”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister

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