With your support, we’re fighting to stop water pollution in our rivers and the Sound and to protect precious landscapes and wildlife habitat. Here’s the latest news on just a few of our most critical projects.
Saving Plum Island
“Our claim is that Homeland Security and GSA’s final decision to proceed with the public sale of Plum Island without appropriate environmental review violated federal law and failed to protect endangered and threatened species,” said Roger Reynolds, CFE/Save the Sound legal director. “We are seeking to halt any efforts to move forward with that decision and look forward to the opportunity to make our case to a judge.”
A recent study by the New York Natural Heritage Program identified 111 endangered and threatened species using the island. We will continue to fight for them.
Solving Sewage Leaks in Westchester
All parties are now engaged in settlement discussions about a cooperative regional plan to study and fix the sewer pipe breaks and leaks throughout the County in a timely manner. If such talks stall, we will continue to seek a court order.
Warning of Danbury’s Sewage Overflows
Our ongoing investigation could result in additional letters to other municipalities violating the law.
Stopping Nitrogen Pollution from Massachusetts
Much of the nitrogen in the Sound comes not from Connecticut or New York, but from the upstream states that drain into the Connecticut River–which is why EPA highlighted these sources in its new plan for nitrogen reduction.
We have submitted comments urging that wastewater permits for Holyoke, MA be tightened, and have filed a petition to strengthen the permit on Springfield’s wastewater treatment plant. EPA has indicated they’ll re-open the permit, but has not yet committed to a timeline or enforceable nitrogen limits. If EPA fails to act on our petition by early winter, we will consider other legal options to force action by EPA.
Want more information on these cases or our other legal projects in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts–like our ongoing battle to protect the Oswegatchie Hills in East Lyme? Get in touch anytime! Contact Melissa Schlag at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-787-0646 x128.
Your Opportunity to Help
There’s currently a rare opportunity to double your gift. A family foundation has offered a generous challenge: a dollar-for-dollar match for the first $10,000 in contributions made towards our legal program before the end of the year. Your gift today, targeted exclusively to legal work, will leverage matching funds and ensure we can continue safeguarding your land, air, and water. Thank you!