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Saving The Long Island Sound [Poll]

A Congressional bill would fund $325 million in environmental projects over five years. How should that money be spent?

Federal legislation which has bi-partisan support among Long Island's Congressional delegation would fund millions of dollars in environmental programs related to many involving sewage treatment.

Local civic and environmental groups could, in turn, apply for the money and implement programs that would impact Long Island.

Decades of development, pollution and releases of have damaged the Sound's water quality. But previous funding for these studies and programs has run out. The new bill would extend funding for two programs through 2016 at $325 million over the next five years. Federal officials say the Sound is estimated to produce economic revenues of $9 billion annually.

In your view, what should be the primary issue addressed related to the Sound and it's ?

How should that money be spent? What are the most pressing needs for the long-term preservation of Long Island Sound?

Is the money worth spending at all?

Take our poll and sound off in the comments.

Simba April 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Ranger, You miss my point here, what studies do you need to tell you the obvious. Studies means more time not fixing the problem. They KNOW what the problem is, they just CHOOSE to do nothing about it, except fund delays, I mean studies. Suffolk County has know for YEARS that the facility used by the Septic companies for disposal is not able to handle the amount of waste. Suffolk County has known for years that the Septic companies have dumped illegally waste in public areas. If Suffolk has a problem it's they have spent a great deal of time living off the south fork are neglecting the rest of Suffolk.
Amy Waldahuer April 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I agree with the comments that we shold stop wasting money on studies. We know that over-fertilization causes algae blooms that close beaches and kill fish. We also know that dangerous chemicals are being used on lawns and golf courses and that our water comes from wells. The money should be spent on helping citizens and businesses transition to other, less destructive, ways of maintaining our yards and recreational areas. In my opinion, water quality should be our number one concern. One other thing: Ranger Sewer wrote that septic tanks are not septic. He makes some very good points, but I think he forgot about the Greenlawn Water District well that was found to be contaminated with e. coli a couple of years ago. That was because waste water from a septic tank leeched into that well. Septic tanks are fine but they aren't always perfect, and now a well is ruined until the e. coli all dies (unlikely) or the aquifer has a comlete change of water (about 10,000 years from now).
Simba April 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Joe, Yes I'm a big time fisherman and some fishing has improved but we share the Sound with CT and they have different regulations than we do and we are both fishing the same body of water. But Joe ask yourself this, if the Sound has become cleaner why is it that NYS Dept of Health is advising Not to eat any Weakfish, 1 per month of Bluefish or Stripped Bass ??? Here some fishing regs CT Fluke 18 inches, 5 per angler NY Fluke 20.5, 3 per angler CT Porgy 10.5 inches, 20 per angler NY Porgy 10.5 inches, 10 per angler CT Black Sea Bass, 15 per angler NY Black Sea Bass, 10 per angler
Rob April 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The advisory is based on Mercury levels and the problem is across many fisheries, not just LI Sound. Water quality is definitely better than I ever recall in my forty years here. Especially now and late fall, when there is little boat traffic, I have seen bottom in 15 ft of water.
Merrick7 April 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
The issue is a combination of many things discussed, although the largest is the underreported golf course abuses of contaminating fertilizers and pollutants. School districts and private homes tat are not permitted to use certain products are still used on golf courses. Also septic tanks are a problem, not because overall they are not safe, but a study done in the 1990's revealed many residents on the North Shore close to 30 percent had septic systems that were out of date and likely to break or allow contaminants to break through. Considering the cost of improvements has increased exponentially since then it is likely since no tax breaks have been provided the situation has worsened. Sewage treatment plants are favored because they are easier to control, centralized, and easier to regulate not because they are better than septic systems on the whole. Until fertilizers are banned and sewage systems are installed in Suffolk though state grants, the Sound will not improve.

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