THE CUSH MISSION
CUSH — Clean Up Sound and Harbors — is the only non-profit environmental organization in Southeastern Connecticut with a mission to clean up and protect Fishers Island Sound and its coves, inlets, bays, rivers, and harbors.
Continued monitoring of Mystic River
Publication: The Day
With the increasing presence of invasive species such as Japanese shrimp and sea squirts and signs of declining water quality, continued monitoring of conditions in the Mystic River has perhaps never been more important.
That was one of the messages conveyed by speakers at the annual meeting of the nonprofit environmental group CUSH - Clean Up Sound and Harbors - at Mystic Seaport Wednesday.
"We're seeing these drops in water quality in 2012, and it could be a simple blip, or it could be the wave of the future," Claire Gavin, director of the group's water quality testing program, said during her presentation, addressing an audience of about 50. "The only way to find out is to keep testing."
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"Boot the Barge" is Almost a Reality!
Attention boaters, fishermen, and sightseers along the Mystic River:
The remains of the old coal barge are well on the way to their final resting place — out of the Mystic River!
CUSH, the Town of Stonington, Mystic River Harbor Master, Mystic River Harbor Commission, Twisters Ice Cream and Docko have worked together to get the go-ahead for voting the barge in October, 2013. The permit, signed by CUSH and the Harbor Master, has now been authorized by the CTDEEP, the US Army Corps of Engineers.
An additional $10,000 is still needed to pay for the job. Read More ...
To donate, please send checks to: CUSH, PO Box 883, Stonington, CT 06378
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Deteriorating barge in river will be removed
Publication: The Times
For decades anyone aboard a boat on the Mystic River or driving along Route 27 has seen a large rotting coal barge behind what was Kitchen Little and is now Twisters Ice Cream.
While it may have been an interesting topic of conversation, more recently it has begun to rapidly deteriorate sending timbers and rusty spikes into the river, posing a danger to both boats and people walking along the shoreline, according to Frances Hoffman, the president of the Clean Up Sound and Harbors.
She said the danger became apparent last year during a large coastal cleanup with Save the Bay and Clean the Bay when timbers and spikes from the barge were found in other areas of the river and along the shore. But the money and permits needed to remove the hulk were not available.
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Group helps to protect our greatest asset
The Newport Daily News
"It's August and our beach communities are bursting with activity. Beach rentals and restaurants are full and it seems there's traffic everywhere you turn. Residents and visitors alike are out in force keeping local cash registers ringing, or more appropriately in 2013, beeping and blinking. And a large part of this annual surge in our local economy comes from those taking advantage of the shoreline not at the beach so much, but on the water, as in boating and all the ancillary businesses associated with boating. Our harbors and rivers are just as filled - some might say congested at times - as our beaches and roadways. The coastline in this region offers some of the best boating along the greater shoreline area. Boating is more pleasurable when there is a destination involved and with our islands and sandbars and harbors and rivers we have plenty of destinations. And we have clean water.
These two elements draw boaters from outside our immediate shoreline towns, preferring to keep their boats here and travel our local waters than their home waters. The nonprofit organization, Clean Up Sound and Harbors, which seems to be growing at an exponential rate, has recognized these facts and is doing something to keep our waterways busy and clean."
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CUSH Receives Grant for Clean-Boating ProjectCompetition was fierce, but in March 2013, CUSH's "Clean Boating Project" received the grant from the BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant program!
We used the funds to create simple, attractive, easy-to-use — weatherproof — brochures and signs helping boaters understand and use pump-out services and environmentally-friendly boating maintenance. (Download Brochure)
Clean boating will make sure our local harbors, rivers, and beaches stay safe and beautiful.
Thank you to everyone who partnered with CUSH to help ensure better water quality in our beloved waters! Read More ...