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Meet LISS’s New Science Coordinator

February 11, 2016 — James Ammerman, a former Director of the New York Sea Grant program at Stony Brook University, was hired in December 2015 by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission to be Long Island Sound Study’s   Science Coordinator. Sound Bytes, LISS’s e-newsletter, interviewed him about his new position.   Q: You have a background as […] Continue Reading

Innovative Ways to Improve Water Quality

August 16, 2011 — Traditional methods to reduce nutrients in the Sound include upgrading sewage  treatment plants to eliminate reactive nitrogen in sewage and reducing storm water runoff that carries nutrients from fertilizer and animal waste into storm drains and tributaries. These methods reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Sound from the land. An additional method that is […] Continue Reading

Winter Birds and Climate Change

December 28, 2010 — View pdf documents to read Audubon fact sheets on how climate change is affecting winter bird populations in Connecticut and New York. Continue Reading

Birds of Long Island Sound

December 28, 2010 — A checklist of birds of Long Island Sound (inhabiting watershed areas of Long Island Sound within New York and Connecticut). Continue Reading

Project Limulus (Horseshoe Crab Monitoring)

April 19, 2010 — Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus), described as “living fossils,” are actually more closely related to spiders than crabs. Although they have been around since before the dinosaurs, little is known about their population dynamics and mating patterns in the Sound. That’s changing thanks to Project Limulus, a monitoring project being conducted by Jennifer Mattei, an Associate […] Continue Reading

Concrete Plant Park

April 19, 2010 — The Bronx River has been the site of multiple restoration projects in recent years, including the 7-acre Concrete Plant Park, south of the Bronx Zoo. As pictured, the Bronx River Alliance Conservation Crew and volunteers in August 2007 placed coconut fiber mats planted with plugs of marsh cordgrass along the banks of the Bronx River […] Continue Reading

The Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership

April 19, 2010 — The Saugatuck River WATERSHED includes some of the most beautiful land in the Sound’s watershed. But even here, where more than 15,000 acres of land are protected forest—the largest protected forest block in southwest Connecticut—streams and tributaries are showing signs of degraded water quality. Instead of accepting declining water quality, the 11 communities of the […] Continue Reading

Branford River Fishway

April 19, 2010 — Every spring, fish such as alewife migrate from the salt waters of the Sound to freshwater rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes to spawn. But in Queach Brook, a tributary of the Branford River, a 17-foot high dam has blocked fish trying to swim upstream for the past 100 years. That changed in spring 2006, thanks […] Continue Reading

No Discharge Areas

April 19, 2010 — In 2006, Connecticut took major strides toward banning sewage discharged from boats. The State received approval from the EPA for its third No Discharge Area (NDA) for the Sound, and also applied for a fourth NDA that would complete the ban from Rhode Island to the New York State line. The latest approved NDA restricts […] Continue Reading

Rocking the Boat in the Bronx

April 1, 2010 — In 2007 and 2008, the Futures Fund awarded seven large grants of up to $35,000 and 20 small grants of up to $6,000 for public outreach programs in communities throughout the Sound. The projects ranged from a video to teach residents and construction contractors about reducing nutrient and pathogen stormwater pollution to conducting a hands-on […] Continue Reading

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