Focus 12: State of the Sound

Environmentalists fear not enough is being done to protect the Long Island Sound from harmful waste.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Mark Tedesco says there are far too many nutrients, particularly nitrogen, that drain into the Sound. Nitrogen is a natural fertilizer that causes aquatic plants to grow at a high rate. Officials say approximately 60 percent of the nitrogen comes from sewage.

Environmentalist Adrienne Espositio says Long Island is on the right track to improve the Sound. However, Esposito says New York City and Westchester County have fallen behind in reducing nitrogen distributed into the water.

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Related Links: What Makes the LI Sound So Special? Facts about the LI Sound Save the Sound Long Island Soundkeeper Long Island Sound StudyLong Island Sound Foundation Clean Water Network Environmental Defense

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