Green Cities, Blue Waters: The recently released year-end water quality report for Long Island Sound confirmed what seemed obvious in August: when measured by hypoxia—the annual drop in dissolved oxygen caused by nitrogen in treated sewage—the summer of 2012 was awful.
It’s as clear as the Sound’s waters are murky, presented in the report’s charts and graphs, which were compiled by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as part of its 2012 Season Review (PDF). Hypoxia was widespread and it was intense. More than 20% of the Sound’s 1,320 square miles were hit by low dissolved oxygen, and much of the Sound off Westchester had virtually no dissolved oxygen in mid-August.
To read the full PDF report CLICK HERE.
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