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The mission of CUSH, Inc. (Clean Up Sound and Harbors) is to clean up and protect Fisher's Island Sound and its coves, inlets, bays, rivers and harbors. Read More >

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Memo set to be issued on field project

By Tracey C. O'Neill
Publication: The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — A memorandum of understanding is being developed for the pilot organic-fields project planned for the Stonington High School baseball field. 

Superintendent of Schools Van Riley, school Operations and Business Manager Bill King, Director of Public Works Barbara McKrell, Selectman Rob Simmons and two members of the environmental group Clean Up Sounds and Harbors, Richard Chamberlain and Fran Hoffman, discussed the pending project, its funding and its future at a meeting Monday morning at the school department’s central office.

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Little Bay Faces Big Threats

Publication: ecoRI News

ABOARD THE ELIZABETH MORRIS — Little Narragansett Bay is quietly tucked away between its noisier neighbors — Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound. But this watershed on the Rhode Island-Connecticut border plays a vital role in southern New England’s economy. Boats of all sizes, from yachts to canoes, dot the water, especially on summer weekends. Tourist visit the area to swim, fish, observe wildlife, dine and shop.

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Pawcatuck River, Little Narragansett Bay in need of a cure for poor water quality

By Judy Benson
Publication: The Day Photo of Pawcatuck River, Little Narragansett Bay in need of a cure for poor water quality

As far as I'm concerned, stormwater is the single most important issue there is," said Claire Gavin, former director and volunteer for water testing with the citizen group Clean Up Sound and Harbors. The Stonington-based CUSH has conducted its own water-quality testing and has run programs encouraging residents to curb use of fertilizers on lawns. "What comes out of those storm drains is very destructive. But there is a sense of defeat, that you can't do anything about stormwater."

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Save the Bay urges Westerly, Stonington to follow its action plan to save waterways

By Judy Benson
Publication: The Day Photo of Save the Bay urges Westerly, Stonington to follow its action plan to save waterways

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.;

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One Community’s Solution to Water Quality Issues

By Tristan Kading
Publication: Wrack Lines

“You know, our bacteria counts have not been too good for this site, so don’t get any of that water in your mouth!” Claire Gavin shouted to me from the shore. I had taken it upon myself, as a plucky and enthusiastic young grad student, to dive in and manually collect the sediment core when the remote mechanism failed. The sight that greeted me underwater was disturbing.

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Water Quality of Four Estuaries in Coastal Stonington and Mystic CT

This report, which covers the years 2008-2013, represents the most comprehensive set of publicly available water-quality data collected by a single organization in Stonington coastal waters. The purpose of the CUSH water monitoring program is to assess the current and long-term health of local waters, to identify ongoing trends, and to track identifiable sources of pollution. The report is available as an Executive Summary and Full Report. Full Report contains site specific analysis and graphics.

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