In honor of World Water Day I’m writing about ways to protect Long Island Sound, one of our favorite places to visit.
Reduce Contamination in Runoff
Long Island Sound’s watershed is huge, and the runoff is a major problem. Stormwater and snowmelt that runs over the land and into the Sound collects contaminants along the way. Fertilizers, pesticides, motor oil, animal waste and even litter get washed into the Sound and can negatively impact the water quality and aquatic life. Reduce or elimate what’s sprayed on your lawn and garden, be sure to properly dispose of waste oil and fix any leaks, clean up after your pets and yourself to help reduce the contamination in runoff and protect Long Island Sound.
Support Improvements to Wastewater Treatment
Nitrogen from wastewater is one of the leading contributers to hypoxia in Long Island Sound in the summer months, which can devastate the aquatic life. Our wastewater treatment facilities are mostly in need of upgrades to be able to handle the volume of water coming through and effectively treat it to remove nitrogen. Support your town’s plans to upgrade and vote for people who take this problem seriously. If you have a septic system (like we do), make sure that it is working properly and up to date.
- Save the Sound
- Long Island Sound Study
- This Fine Piece of Water – An Environmental History of Long Island Sound by Tom Andersen
Don’t just check out their websites, but actually attend events. They’re a great way to learn and network with people who share your environmental values. I recently had the opportunity to meet Tom Andersen when he spoke at a local library, and while there I picked up some pamphlets and met other people who care about Long Island Sound.
Enjoy Long Island Sound
One of my core values as an environmentalist is that people are driven to protect natural ecosystems that they know and love. Take your children to the beach, go fishing, explore a marsh, go bird watching in West Haven, cruise the Thimble Islands, visit Hammonasset’s Meigs Point Nature Center and hike the terminal moraine, go to Lighthouse Point Park or Rocky Neck, visit Mystic Seaport and board the Amistad, go on a trip with Project Oceanology, sit by the water and enjoy some seafood at a local restaurant, slurp down some oysters or fry up some blackfish. Once you make that connection you’ll have the motivation you need to stand up, speak up and protect Long Island Sound.
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