NORWALK, Conn. — A groundbreaking water testing program that will dramatically increase available data on the health of Long Island Sound, a press release said.
Save the Sound, bi-state non-profit organization, has launched an effort titled Unified Water Study: Long Island Sound Embayment Research, to test water conditions in the Sound’s bays and harbors, the release said.
Leaders of the effort met with the press Tuesday, dockside at the Maritime Aquarium, to demonstrate their methods.
“We are going over the field procedures that all the teams take when they are out on the water,” Save the Sound Project Coordinator Linderoth said, explaining that 12 groups will be studying the Sound in 24 locations, ranging from Westchester County, NY to Stonington.
The groups go out twice a month in the early morning, and collect data on dissolved oxygen, plant matter, clarity, temperature and salinity, he said.
“One of the great things about this study, and it’s in the name, Unified Water Studies, we are all doing this the same way,” Linderoth said, explaining that the Aquarium is testing six locations in the outer harbor..
Save the Sound already issues a closely watched “report card” on the health of the estuary, the press release said.
“More than a decade of federally funded monitoring of the open Sound has documented the destructive impact of nitrogen pollution—including algae blooms, red tides, loss of tidal marshes, and fish die-offs—and the incremental improvements brought about by wastewater treatment plant upgrades,” the release said.
“However, recent scientific research has shown that conditions in the bays and harbors –where much of the public comes into contact with the Sound – can be different from conditions in the open waters,” the release said. “More testing on bays and harbors is needed to judge the effect of nitrogen on these inlets and what action is still needed to restore them to vibrant life.”