New Legislation Could Help Protect, Restore Long Island Sound

CBS New York

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Officials and environmentalists from several communities along Long Island Sound gathered at Hempstead Harbor on Monday to sound the alarm.

Overdevelopment, pollution, algae blooms and sewage are some of the problems plaguing Long Island Sound.

Without new federal funding, environmental activist Adrienne Esposito said Long Island Sound will go downhill.

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“We have toxic algae blooms, too much nitrogen, we have invasive species and warming waters from climate change,” Esposito said.

“We’ve already seen several episodes of fish kills. We still experience beach closings from runoff following a rainfall,” said Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said a new funding bill in Congress would give Long Island Sound $65 million each year for 10 years for protection and restoration.

“The beautiful body of water…

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