Good News: "Long Island Sound Report Card" Released by Save the Sound Reveals Substantial Improvement
Monday, September 24, 2018
MAMARONECK, NY and NEW HAVEN, CT -- The non-profit organization Save the Sound released results of the 2018 “Long Island Sound Report Card” on September 24, during simultaneous news conferences in Connecticut and New York. The biennial report contained remarkable evidence of improvement in Long Island Sound water quality. The report marked a welcome stamp of approval for more than a decade’s worth of federal and state investment in improvements to sewage treatment facilities in both Connecticut and New York. Save the Sound staff cautioned that individual beaches and bays face continued challenges (testing monitored “open water” conditions only), that the westernmost portion of the Sound remains stressed, and that climate change and population growth pose challenges requiring additional investment. Nonetheless, staffers and scientists alike were gratified to see proof that investment in water quality is paying dividends. The Long Island Sound Report Card was produced by Save the Sound and published in September 2018 using 2008-2017 data. Funding was provided by the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative.
Long Island Sound and Norwalk Harbor Report Cards Released - Grades of A in the east to F in the west
Monday, June 8, 2015
WESTPORT, CT — A first-ever ecosystem health report card released today shows Long Island Sound earning grades of very good for water quality in Eastern Long Island (an “A”) to very poor for water quality in the Western Narrows (an “F”) near New York City. The report was supported by funding from the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative (LISFC), including Connecticut Council for Philanthropy members, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Fairfield County's Community Foundation and the Jeniam Foundation.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
WESTPORT, CT -- 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. Speakers include: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives; Robert Hust, Water Bureau assistant director, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Caroline Donovan, program manager at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences; Hugh Killin III, executive director, Jeniam Foundation; and Tony McDowell, executive director, Earthplace.