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As 2013 draws to a close, we have a lot of conservation successes to celebrate in New York – and it's because of your support. Below our scientists take advantage of the holiday season to say, thank you!
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Thanks to you, we are tackling some big problems in Long Island's waters. The single largest cause of our poor water quality is nitrogen pollution from aging sewer and septic systems leaking into ground water. Polluted ground water cause red tides; it also kills fish and other marine life and poisons the shellfish we eat. With your help, we are researching the best technologies available and how other coastal areas have dealt with similar water quality issues. There are solutions to Long Island’s water quality problems: stronger policies and standards that limit the amount of nitrogen in our groundwater. Upgrading and modernizing our sewer and septic systems may be one of the most important and effective ways to improve water quality. Tackling the issue of water quality is one of Long Island’s biggest environmental challenges. We need everyone to take notice and call for action. After all, there’s nothing more important than clean water.
We are grateful to our members who support “Water for Tomorrow,” a program to reform the way that our water is managed in New York State. As part of the program, we have developed a tool that uses science to track water use. New York State will use this tool to help make permitting decisions that are comprehensive and smart, and to ensure that we continue to have an abundant supply of fresh water.
We are grateful to our donors, volunteers and partners whose support and collaboration help to create opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors. At our Clintonville Pine Barrens, for instance, families hike the trails--picking wild blueberries along the way when the season is right. At our Silver Lake Bog Preserve, birders look for olive-sided flycatchers and other boreal birds. These kinds of opportunities to connect with nature are simply priceless, and it is always a highlight of my job to see those connections firsthand.
Thanks to our members, The Nature Conservancy has worked in Hemlock and Canadice Lakes for decades, acquiring land and helping conserve 7,100 acres within the watershed. Now, for the first time in more than 50 years, brook trout will be able to travel freely through an important tributary of Hemlock Lake. Thank you for helping us remove the Reynold’s Gully Dam, and for so many other wins for water.
You will play a role in the future of conservation in New York when you renew your commitment today. Thank you for all that you do!November 25, 2013