Special Symposium

Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location - main meeting venue

Symposium Title - Science in Support of Nitrogen Reductions to Long Island Sound

The symposium will take place on Thursday and will “kick-off” the NEERS meeting.

Oral presentations will be followed by a social hour.

Symposium speakers will be invited by the local planning committee.

Background, Goals and Speakers:

The Long Island Sound watershed is home to more than 8.93 million people, ~3% of the total number of people in the USA. New York and Connecticut contribute 80% of that population, with 43% of the 8.93 million people concentrated in the coastal boundary of the Western Sound (LIS watershed located in Westchester, Bronx, Queens, and Nassau Counties). The impacts of this dense population make Long Island Sound truly an “Urban Sea.” With an annual economic value estimated at $17 billion to $36.6 billion, people are invested in preserving Long Island Sound as a resource (Kocian et al. 2015).

From CTDEEP: “In 2001, Connecticut DEEP and New York DEC, in concert with US EPA, completed plans for nitrogen control that identifies the maximum amount, or the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), of nitrogen that can be discharged to Long Island Sound without significantly impairing the health of the Sound.  One of DEEP’s management strategies to reduce nitrogen loading was to develop an innovative nitrogen-trading program among 79 sewage treatment plants located throughout the state. Through the Nitrogen Credit Exchange, established in 2002, Connecticut has reduced the nitrogen load from that source by nearly 65% by 2014.

The recent release of the Long Island Sound Study’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) and the revisiting of nitrogen plans for Long Island Sound make this a key time in communicating the science behind nitrogen loading, exploring the ecological impacts of nitrogen loading and coincident hypoxia, and identifying potential mitigation strategies and areas where efforts should be focused.

Jim Ammerman, Long Island Sound Study Science Coordinator
topic: Long Island Sound nitrogen strategy

Jamie Vaudrey, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, UCONN
Nitrogen loading to Long Island Sound’s 110 embayments

Stuart Lowrie, Conservation Finance and Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy on Long Island
topic: Long Island and nitrogen, a social science perspective

Xinwei Mao, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and The Center for Clean Water Technology, SUNY Stony Brook and
Stuart Waugh, Postdoctoral Scholar, The Center for Clean Water Technology, SUNY Stony Brook
topic: emerging technology for nitrogen reduction

Melanie Hayn, Research Support Specialist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, and Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA
Understanding the Response of Eelgrass to Eutrophication in West Falmouth Harbor, Cape Cod, MA

Rachel Jakuba, Science Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition
topic: nitrogen impacts on marshes

Hans Dam, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, UCONN
Interaction of eutrophication and climate change on the zooplankton of Long Island Sound


Work Cited -
Kocian, M., A. Fletcher, G. Schundler, D. Batker, A. Schwartz, and T. Briceno. 2015. The Trillion Dollar Asset: The Economic Value of the Long Island Sound Basin. Tacoma, WA: Earth Economics. last accessed: 14 May 2015.