Federal Agencies, State Government, Environmental and Academic Groups Align
WHAT: How healthy is Long Island Sound? Can we fish and swim in it? These questions and more will be addressed during a press conference Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. announcing the first report card for the health of Long Island Sound.
Federal and state agencies and academic and nonprofit groups (including “citizen scientists”) have worked together to produce the report card. The results were compiled by University of Maryland researchers, who reviewed a variety of water quality factors in the sound, Norwalk Harbor and New York’s Hempstead Harbor.
WHERE: Sherwood Island State Park’s Nature Center in Westport, CT
From I-95 north and south, take Exit 18 to access the Sherwood Island Connector. Follow the connector directly into the park, stop at the guard booth and say you are attending the event at the Nature Center and park at the Nature Center. The event will be indoors with a great view of the Sound.
- The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator
- Caroline Donovan, program manager at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences
- Hugh Killin III, executive director, Jeniam Foundation
- Tony McDowell, executive director, Earthplace.
WHY: Although in many ways Long Island Sound is cleaner than it was 20 years ago, challenges remain to sustaining and further improving its health. The economic and commercial impact the sound has on Connecticut each year is profound —in 2010 alone, the commercial fishing industry generated more than 800 in-state jobs, with an economic output of more than $65.1 million. The Long Island Sound covers 1,320 square miles, 254,761 of it in open water, 600 miles in coastline and its basin contains 921,000 acres of protected areas providing an incredible diversity of recreational activities for the more than 9 million people that live in surrounding communities. The sound generates $17 billion annually in ecological and economic value.