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Is New York State Giving Up on Clean Waterways for New York City?

In 2015, the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) passed new water quality standards that finally set the goal of making waterways around the city clean enough for the public to safely swim. The new regulation would have forced a significant reduction in the volume of raw untreated sewage that is currently dumped from the city directly into its waterways every time it rains. Today New York State dropped those standards from their regulations, sending us back untold years in our efforts to address insufficient sewage treatment in the city and the water pollution it creates.

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Oswegatchie Hills – Treading lightly, for nature’s sake

While we continue to fight for the protection and preservation of 236 acres of undeveloped coastal forest in East Lyme, Conn., the human need for access to outdoors and fresh air is bringing new challenges to volunteer stewards who maintain the adjoining Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve (OHNP). “The Hills are a ‘nature preserve,’ a safe […]

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Save the Sound statement: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. Save the Sound stands with our neighbors across the region facing continued racism and violence. We strongly support peaceful protest. We cannot build a healthy, just, and equitable future while Black voices are stifled and Black lives are threatened. Our team is redoubling our efforts to support Black individuals and organizations in […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Plum Island dive results: “Every centimeter” covered with life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              May 14, 2020ContactLaura McMillan, lmcmillan@ctenvironment.org Plum Island dive results: “Every centimeter” covered with life Pilot study finds coral, anemones, eelgrass meadows, and more New Haven, Conn. – Over five days last September, a team of divers and marine scientists conducted a first-of-its-kind marine survey of the underwater habitats around Plum Island. They […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Reopen after 323 years—Save the Sound completes North Branford fishway

Save the Sound and project partners cut the ribbon and lifted the gate Monday on a new fishway at Pages Millpond dam, the site of an old mill dating back to 1697.

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Supreme Court Decision Validates Our Clean Water Act Case and Advances a Sewage-Free Sound

In a stunning decision for nitrogen pollution—a decision that will affect Long Island Sound—the United States Supreme Court has declined to severely weaken the Clean Water Act. The municipal sewage treatment plant operator who has been polluting Maui’s coastline—joined by a chorus of industrial polluters filing amicus briefs—had argued that pollutants in sewage could be […]

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The Hills are Alive!

While humans are being asked to stay indoors to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, other species have been waking up to spring. If you cannot get to your favorite patch of nature, Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition members have been capturing and sharing the natural splendor of East Lyme’s Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve. The 236 […]

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Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law 101

Save the Sound is urging the public and the press to access reports in CT and/or sign up to receive alerts in NY and share them in your community. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law (SPRTK) went into effect in May 2013 making information about sewage overflows publicly available. Since that time thousands of […]

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