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Sound Environment June 2014 - Return the Sound to Vitality

By Leah Schmalz, Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs, Save the Sound

Sound Environment June 2014Save the Sound uses legal expertise, grassroots advocacy, volunteer work, and habitat restoration to preserve great coastal and island sites, fight for clean water, restore rivers and marshes, and clean up hundreds of miles of coastline to preserve and protect Long Island Sound. In 2004, Save the Sound merged with Connecticut Fund for the Environment and continues to advocate against threats to Long Island Sound in both New York and Connecticut.

 

Thanks to the efforts of Save the Sound, beachgoers on Long Island Sound are seeing a growing number of signs like this one in Mamaroneck, NY.   © Cameron Okie
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CARIB Tails

By Nathalie Ward, PhD, NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

“Salt,” the “Grand Dame” of the Sister Sanctuary Program, has been seen on Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary every summer except one since 1976. She’s also the first Gulf of Maine humpback whale to have been seen by researchers off the Dominican Republic, which confirmed the north-south migration route of humpback whales.

 

An International Citizen Science Project for Boaters

 

 

 

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Pete Seeger’s Legacy Sails On

by Julia Church

Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014) touched countless lives through his music, his kindness, and his work towards a better, more just world. He’s pictured here the deck of the sloop Clearwater with Inuit students from Uummannaq, Greenland in 2010. © Chris BowserWhat can a song do? What can a sailboat do? Some would say music exists just to soothe or distract people from their troubles. Some say sailboats are just rich men’s toys. Wrong, wrong. In the summer of 1969 they helped to start cleaning up a river.
from the book Pete Seeger In His Own Words

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Sound Off - Seas of Change: The Restoration of Ecosystem Services at Stratford Point

By Jennifer Mattei, Mark Beekey and John Rapaglia
Sacred Heart University Department of Biology, Fairfield, CT

Sacred Heart University summer research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students are doing much of the restorative field work at Stratford Point.Over geologic history, the seas have risen and fallen, following the decline or increase in the volume of the world’s glaciers and ice caps. Currently, glaciers are melting, ocean temperatures are increasing and seas are rising at an accelerated rate. People living by the sea have attempted to block rising waters and prevent subsequent coastal erosion by armoring the shoreline. One method of armoring the shoreline is building a seawall. This activity, that cuts the connectivity of the land to the sea, causes loss of sandy beaches and other sediments in front of the wall and may not protect homes and businesses from flooding during large storms.

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A New Engine for American Promise!

by RACHAEL Z. MILLER, CO-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ROZALIA PROJECT FOR A CLEAN OCEANWith her new clean-burning and quiet Steyr Tier 3 marine diesel engine, Rozalia Project’s 60-foot research vessel American Promise cruises at 8-9 knots under power while consuming 1.8-2 gallons per hour. © rozaliaproject.org

Now that the American Promise part of Rozalia Project’s season is over, we want to tell the story of our re-power, the decisions, the reality and partners who made it happen. Previously we had a 1986 Perkins diesel. It gave us no more than 5.5 - 6 knots (mostly with the current behind us), using 2.5 gallons per hour or more. It filled the boat with fumes, most noticeably from hydraulic fluid. It bellowed black smoke on start-up, if it started at all, as the engine spent nearly all of last year with a 60/40 chance of starting without needing to use all of the boat’s battery power. 

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Seas of Change: The Restoration of Ecosystem Services at Stratford Point

by JENNIFER MATTEI, MARK BEEKEY AND JOHN RAPAGLIA Sacred Heart University summer research assistants

Over geologic history, the seas have risen and fallen, following the decline or increase in the volume of the world’s glaciers and ice caps. Currently, glaciers are melting, ocean temperatures are increasing and seas are rising at an accelerated rate. People living by the sea have attempted to block rising waters and prevent subsequent coastal erosion by armoring the shoreline. One method of armoring the shoreline is building a seawall. This activity, that cuts the connectivity of the land to the sea, causes loss of sandy beaches and other sediments in front of the wall and may not protect homes and businesses from flooding during large storms.

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Green Winterizing

by JESSICA WURZBACHER, MSC

A boater’s least favorite time of year is approaching…the weekend when you give up your aquatic existence and haul your boat out of the water, resigning to several land-locked months ahead. 

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11 Winning Solutions

© team11thhourracing.comWorld-class sailors Rob Windsor of Centerport, NY and Hannah Jenner of Shropshire, England have teamed as Team 11th Hour Racing in the 20th Transat Jacques Vabre, considered the “Super Bowl of offshore sailing. Hannah and Rob, one of 25 doublehanded teams in the TJV, are setting eco-firsts by implementing 11 innovative eco-friendly solutions to race more efficiently and minimize environmental impact in the month-long, 5,600-mile sailing race that starts November 3 in Le Havre, France and finishes in Itajai, Brazil.

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Alternative Energy in the Sailing World!

by HILARY WIECH, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, AND ANNIE BRETT, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SAILORS FOR THE SEAHydro-generators use the boat’s motion through the water to make electricity. © wattandsea.com

It may seem silly to talk about renewable energy in the sailing world – aren’t sailboats powered by the wind after all? But look a little more closely, and for each sailboat on the water, there are several energy consuming engines, generators and batteries making sure we can get from point A to B. With climate change an increasingly pressing concern for the oceans and the environment, reducing our use of fossil fuels is critical.

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The Clearwater Festival

© EconosmithBold beats and folk icons, hand-crafted delicacies and gorgeous produce, unexpected art installations and an old-school working waterfront are all part of Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, also known as the Clearwater Festival. This year’s festival takes place June 15 & 16, uniting major musical figures and green activism and building a creative community in Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, one of the most scenic spots on the Hudson River.

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