Save the Sound releases bay, harbor water quality report cards
In an effort to bring attention to the water quality of the Long Island Sound, Save the Sound has issued its biannual testing
report cards. Some of bays and harbors on Long Island did not do well.
Save the Sound tested 38 harbors and bays on both sides of the Sound. Cold Spring Harbor's inner harbor and Manhasset's inner bay were among those to receive an F.
"We were surprised on the diversity of how our bays are doing. Some are going great, and some are doing really poorly," says Jamie Vaudrey, of the University of Connecticut.
Out of the bays and harbors tested, only one on Long Island got an A -- middle and outer Port Jefferson Harbor.
Portions of the Hempstead Harbor received no higher than a C+. Huntington Harbor and Huntington Bay both were in the B range. Further out east, the Mattituck Creek garnered a B-.
Scientists says nitrogen pollution linked to antiquated cesspools and lawn fertilizer use are among the culprits, creating a toxic mix that can kill marine life and affect the positive economic benefits of clean water.
Upgrading antiquated cesspools to nitrogen-reducing septic systems is the primary way scientists say will make Long Island waters cleaner and healthier. On Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer helped unveiled a $810 million upgrade to a water treatment facility in East Rockaway.
The Long Island Sound report cost $700,000 and was funded by federal money provided by the EPA's Long Island Sound Study.