NEWPORT, R.I. — They look like small, floating Dumpsters, they work much like pool skimmers and they need to be treated like boats. Their job is to keep Newport Harbor clean — a task not limited to cleaning up after people.
Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, harmful nitrogen pollution in Buzzards Bay didn’t get worse, reflecting an encouraging pause in the decline of the health of local harbors, coves and tidal rivers across the South Coast and Cape Cod’s western shore.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a proposal to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region.
Federal grant money, combined with municipal and private contributions, will be used to help improve ecosystem health in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay.
STAMFORD, Conn. — Long Island Sound and its bays and estuaries are critical to quality of life throughout the region. Although much progress has been made reducing the amount of nitrogen discharged from sewage treatment plants, pollution exceeds levels that allow marine habitats to survive.
In support of a significant water-quality initiative, the state of Massachusetts recently awarded a $950,000 grant to Barnstable County to provide assistance to Cape Cod communities as they develop plans to restore local waters to levels that meet state water-quality standards.
Much like the sudden onslaught of weeds overtaking your garden, algal blooms can rapidly transform from coastal nuisance to massive ecosystem threat. Research by scientists at the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University reveals new details about the life cycle of these macroalgal blooms that will aid in better management and protection of important coastal resources.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Save the Sound and seven other environmental organizations support the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released strategy to slash nitrogen contamination in Long Island Sound. Nitrogen pollution has been devastating sound ecosystems for decades.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists recently released the first multi-species assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently awarded grants totaling $29,678 to two communities to fund removal of abandoned vessels from local waters.
WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Entanglement in fishing gear is the leading cause of death for North Atlantic right whales — one of the most endangered of all the large whale species. Their migratory routes take them through some of the busiest commercial fishing areas along the East Coast.
The health of Narragansett Bay and its two-state watershed continues to improve, but major challenges remain in urban areas, where site-specific efforts to address urban water quality are having an impact.
Clean The Bay Inc., a Rhode Island-based nonprofit, recently received a $194,800 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to remove marine debris from the Seekonk and Providence rivers and upper Narragansett Bay.
PROVIDENCE — Conservationists wearing T-shirts and stickers that read “Save Our Ocean Treasures” and holding placards that read “Protect New England’s Ocean Treasurers” sat among scientists, commercial fishermen, bureaucrats and recreational anglers in a Marriott Downtown conference hall. Nobody left bloodied or in handcuffs.