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Long Island Sound Study Report Highlights Improvements in the Health of Long Island Sound
Release Date: 03/06/2001
|(#01019) Stamford, CT -- A new Long Island Sound Study (LISS) report issued today documents improvements in the Sound’s water quality and in efforts to restore habitat. Sound Health 2001: Status and Trends in the Health of Long Island Sound highlights the progress made in a number of areas:
The 16-page report documents trends in water quality conditions, living resources, and land use and development from available data. The LISS partners - the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and several other federal and state agencies, universities, and municipal programs - provided the data for the report. A more comprehensive report featuring some 40 indicators will appear on the LISS website later this year.
"It’s important to assess, on an ongoing basis, just how effective our efforts to restore Long Island Sound have been," said Mark Tedesco, Director of the EPA Long Island Sound Office. "Is the water cleaner and safer to swim in? Are contaminant concentrations decreasing? Are habitats being protected and restored? Are the fish and shellfish more abundant and safe to eat?" Tedesco added, "This report shows that water quality is improving and habitat is being restored, but there’s still more work to be done."
Although Sound Health 2001 shows marked improvement in the water quality of the Sound, other trends indicate additional work is needed.
"By providing a snapshot of current conditions and trends, Sound Health 2001 helps to assess the effectiveness of efforts and hundreds of millions of dollars being invested in the Sound to deal with issues such as nitrogen pollution, sediment contamination, habitat degradation and loss, and the health and abundance of living resources," said Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque, Jr.
More than 450,000 copies of the report will be published and inserted into coastal Sunday newspapers in Connecticut and New York. For more information or to receive a free copy of Sound Health 2001, call the EPA Long Island Sound Office at (203) 977-1541. For more information about Long Island Sound, visit the Long Island Sound Study Web site at https://www.epa.gov/region01/eco/lis.