Little Bay Faces Big Threats

By FRANK CARINI ecoRI News • 7/21/2015 ABOARD THE ELIZABETH MORRIS — Little Narragansett Bay is quietly tucked away between its noisier neighbors — Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound. But this watershed on the Rhode Island-Connecticut border plays a vital role in southern New England’s economy. Boats of all sizes, from yachts to canoes, […]

Pawcatuck River, Little Narragansett Bay Poor Water

By Judy Benson The Day • 7/18/2015 Wagging their wide tails as Kait Maginel and David Prescott tossed them back overboard, two lobsters that had shared a wire trap overnight with four spider crabs and a whelk had just been enlisted as ambassadors in the cause of cleaning up the lower Pawcatuck River and Little […]

Save The Bay Urges Plan To Save Waterways

By Judy Benson The Day • 7/16/2015 Westerly — Little Narragansett Bay and the lower Pawcatuck River are plagued with high bacteria and nutrient levels, poor tidal flushing, decreased dissolved oxygen levels and thick mats of nuisance algae, prompting a “call to action” by the nonprofit group Save the Bay on Thursday. “We think it’s important […]

Clean Up Sound and Harbor: One Community’s Solution to Water Quality Issues

Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2015 Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH) is a grassroots environmental organization that operates out of Stonington, Connecticut, with a mission to improve the quality of the local waters. CUSH was founded in 2007 by Stonington author Gracelyn Guyol, with the express purpose of monitoring water quality using accepted scientific techniques and […]

CUSH Testing Finds Polluted Runoff

By Judy Benson The Day • 1/20/2015 Five years of water quality testing at four estuaries in Mystic and Stonington have revealed that Wequetequock and Pequotsepos coves are particularly stressed by high levels of polluted runoff and low dissolved oxygen in the summer. The two narrow coves both received a “poor” aquatic health score – […]

Water Quality Report Yields Mixed Results

By Michael Souza The Westerly Sun • 1/19/2015 STONINGTON — Water quality in Fishers Island Sound is strongly impacted by tidal flushing, according to a study from one local environmental group. Clean Up Sound and Harbors’ six-year study of water in the sound found significant change in water quality as a result of specific flushing. […]

Too much trash along the coast

Gayle Oko MysticThe New London Day 11/9/2013 The Union Baptist Church of Mystic Team partnered with Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH), Stonington to clean up the Mystic River coastal areas. The amount of trash and garbage that 15 people collected in two hours and in only a half-mile area was overwhelming. To think that […]