click here to view Dec. 19 public webinar presentation.
EPA is implementing a strategy to aggressively continue progress on nitrogen reductions, in parallel with the States’ continued implementation of the 2000 Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and achieve water quality standards throughout Long Island Sound and its embayments and near shore coastal waters. The strategy recognizes that more work must be done to reduce nitrogen levels, further improve dissolved oxygen (DO) conditions, and address other nutrient-related impacts in Long Island Sound. The nitrogen reduction strategy complements the 2000 TMDL in important ways. Foremost, while the 2000 TMDL is premised on achieving water quality standards for DO in the open waters of LIS, the EPA strategy expands the focus to include other nutrient-related adverse impacts to water quality, such as loss of eelgrass, that affect many of LIS’s embayments and near shore coastal waters.
The following documents will help you learn more about the strategy:
Quality Assurance Project Plan for technical approach -methodology) – for
establishing nitrogen thresholds,1/11/17 (new)
Ongoing Public Outreach:
- Letter to each of the states in the Long Island Sound watershed with attached nitrogen strategy, 12/23/15
- Public webinar, 2/26/16
- 2016 EPA-State meetings on N strategy: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 3/7/16, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 3/23/16, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 3/31/16, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, 4/15/16, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 4/27/16
- Public meetings held at the Stamford Government Center, CT, on Wednesday, 4/13/16, the Huntington, NY Town Hall, on Friday, 4/15/16, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Conference Room Springfield, MA, 5/12/16
- Public presentations at the Latitude 41 Conference, 5/3/16, and the Connecticut Environmental Health Association Conference, 9/21/16
- Public webinar, 12/19/16 (scheduled)
Sandy Breslin, Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Committee co-chair, asks a question during the nitrogen strategy public meeting in Stamford on April 13.