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 […]

Local Towns Explore Natural Turf Management

By Michael Souza The Mystic River Press • 4/21/2015 STONINGTON — It’s time for a new way of thinking when it comes to taking care of turf. For years, amateurs and professionals alike have relied on chemical fertilizers and herbicides to get that thick green grass that makes them the pride of the neighborhood. However, […]

CUSH schedules workshop for town, school officials

The New London Day 2/17/2015 Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH) is hosting a full-day training workshop for municipal and school district officials, landscape professionals and residents from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn, 10 Laura Blvd., Norwich. The nonprofit group, based in Stonington, will underwrite workshop registration fees for 14 […]

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 – […]