Nitrogen from NYC wastewater fuels dead zones in the East River and western Sound. Recent investments have improved conditions, but there’s more to do. Our new report, based on research by Prof. Jamie Vaudrey, explains.
Written for the Long Island Sound Study’s Fall 2014 Update, this pair of articles provides great examples of how farming–both on land and at sea–can help reduce hypoxia and improve the Sound’s water quality.
While this summer is an indication of good news, we must continue the enormous challenge of pulling excess nitrogen out of the system.
In the past week I went on two patrols of the Sound with local fishermen and Sound enthusiasts. Getting out on the water with local boaters is the best way to explore the many local treasures along our coastline and to learn about community concerns, challenges and opportunities.
The answer may surprise you.
Several factors causing major issues in Long Island Sound.
The results are in: compared to last year, the summer of 2013 on Long Island Sound wasn’t so bad for marine life. Water quality as measured by dissolved oxygen improved over the dismal conditions in 2012 and only a relatively small area saw drastically low dissolved readings.