Krista McNallyNov 15, 2017, 9:38 pmNov 15, 2017, 11:36 pm

Nitrogen pollution levels significantly reduced in LI Sound, environmentalists say

The amount of nitrogen leached into the water through human waste has gone down significantly


LONG ISLAND — The environmental non-profit Save the Sound announced on Wednesday that their efforts to reduce pollution in the Long Island Sound is working.

Results from the new report are good news for marine life since they cannot survive in hypoxic dead zones.

"A hypoxic dead zone is an area of water that has lost its oxygen to a degree that fish cannot survive," Save the Sound Director Tracy Brown explained.

Brown says that clean water in the sound and the East River is necessary to keep home values up in the surrounding communities and to keep the water life healthy.

Nitrogen from human waste has been polluting both bodies of water for generations, resulting in the expansion of dead zones within the body of water.

Years ago, New York and Connecticut made a commitment to reduce nitrogen coming from wastewater plants by 58 percent.

"If you look back in time to the 90s, we had that 200-mile dead zone and we have gotten it down to 95-square miles this year," Professor Jamie Vaudrey said.

Although they are happy with the finds, they hope that more will be done.

"We want NYC to commit to reducing the nitrogen, we know that with the technology that has been installed that they can run it to a higher level and achieve a 70 percent reduction," Brown said.

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