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New York To Sue Over L.I. Sound Dredging
By Gregory B. Hladky

December 6, 2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Tuesday that his state will file suit to overturn federal approval of plan to allow sludge dredged from harbors in Connecticut to be disposed of in the open waters of Long Island Sound.

The New York lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which isn’t expected to be filed for at least 60 days, is the latest round in a long-running dredging dispute between Connecticut officials and those in New York.

Environmentalists in both states warn that dumping dredge sediment in an open-water site could harm the Sound’s marine ecology - a claim rejected by the EPA and state environmental officials in Connecticut.

New York officials want all dredged materials to be reused to restore beaches, salt marshes and dunes, or to be disposed of someplace other than the Sound. Connecticut officials insist there is simply too much material that can’t be reused, and to ship the sediment elsewhere would be prohibitively expensive.

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EPA Designation of Dredged Material Disposal Sites in Eastern Long Island Sound

JUSTINE KIBBE, Fishers Island Naturalist

Justine monitors 12 key sites on Fishers Island, where she records observations and trends of the environment and its unique ecosystems. With the support and efforts of our Island community she bridges local traditional knowledge with Science; helping to preserve natural history while nurturing stewardship for all generations.

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Happy & Healthy Seagrass
"Happy and healthy seagrass meadow" displays oxygen bubbling in 4 ft. waters; northeast Fishers Island. Snorkeling & Video: Soren Dahl, NYS Seagrass Coordinator, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Specialist

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