Protecting Long Island Sound ~ World Water Day

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.

Educate Yourself

 You need to have a thorough understanding of the problems in order to solve them. Here are the best sources of information I’ve found on Long Island Sound’s environmental health:

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 Havencruise 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.

If you posted about World Water Day, please link up! This is a Blog Hop, so you can also get the code to include this linky on your own post.

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10 Responses to Protecting Long Island Sound ~ World Water Day

  1. Oklahoma has been dealing with blue-green algae, which pesticide run off contributes to. With our super hot summer it was sad that so many lakes were un-useable!

  2. Pigeon Lake in Alberta Canada is experience similar blue/green algae, in large part, we believe from nitrogen run off and a changing climate. This has been a special place for my family for generations, I am worried it is now threatened and my children won’t be able to enjoy it as i have, and as my parents and grandparents have..Thanks for bringing attention to this important issue on World Water Day!

  3. karen

    Not only is the run off water bad for bays and inlets like the LI Sound but also for reservoirs because it feeds our drinking waters. That’s why I use Zero Water filters in my house and I’m holding two giveaways – one of my own site and one on Green Living Ideas – to get people to drink tap water safely.

    Thanks for the post and the blog hop.

    Happy Watery Day!

  4. Beautiful picture.
    Runoff from pesticides makes me so angry, because it’s SO. UNNECESSARY! So many chemicals are spread on lawns, and for what? I wish people would turn towards native plants to ornament their homes/gardens.

    ps: Thank you for creating this blog hop! I’ve linked up & added the code to my post, too! Woo!

  5. What a great way to use World Water Day to protect your community. It can be easy to think this is a problem of the developing world or anywhere other than here, but that is, unfortunately, not the reality. Thank you for the great blog hop!

  6. Awesome idea, Abbie! I’ll be linking my WWD post later today. P.S. Your about page isn’t working for me (I wanted to make sure I spelled your name right : )

  7. Thanks for organizing this, Abby, and for reminding us about World Water Day. Just finished my post and added it to your link up.

  8. Abbie,
    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this important information! I continue to be SO inspired by you!

  9. This is such a great topic to write about! Mikko is dying to visit the local water treatment plants, but they won’t let him take the tour till he’s 9. Sigh. Living right on a Sound ourselves, we love protecting our water sources!

    • Abbie

      I’ve visited the wwtp quite a few times with students. I agree that Mikko is too little, the railings aren’t designed for children, at least at the places I’ve been. And you would NOT want to fall in there!!!

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