Sound Science on Long Island Sound- June  10, 2016

Bordering Westchester County on the Southeastern side, Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary, a place where saltwater from the ocean mixes with fresh water from rivers draining from the land. The quality of its waters is vital to life in our regions. Long Island Sound is home to more than 1,200 species of invertebrates, 170 species of fish, and dozens of species of migratory birds. More than 4 million people call Long Island Sound’s coastal communities home, and it provides rich recreational and fishing opportunities. While many steps have been taken over the past few decades to improve the quality of water in the Sound, more work is still needed to get it back to where it was.

This Conversation on Conservation discussed the issues plaguing Long Island Sound and some of the solutions in effect for cleaning up the Sound.

Speakers included:
Tracy Brown, Director of Western Sound Programs at Save the Sound, discussed the state of Long Island Sound and the issues that have contributing to it’s current quality. See her powerpoint presentation here
Mark Tedesco, the Director of the EPA Long Island Sound Office, will be discussed the Nitrogen Reduction Strategy that will continue to address nitrogen pollution in the Sound. View his powerpoint presentation here.
Peter Malinowski, the Director of the Billion Oyster Project at the NY Harbor School spoke about the innovative program that is looking to bring oysters back to New York Harbor, and how this program is spreading to Long Island Sound.