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Hurricane Sandy affects Long Island Sound


Some environmental advocates are worried about the effect Hurricane Sandy had on the Long Island Sound.

Following the storm, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told residents to stay away from local oysters and clams.

However, Save the Sound officials disagree with Malloy and said the seafood should be fine to purchase and eat. Save the Sound is a environmental organization that "works to protect and preserve the air, land, and waters of Connecticut and Long Island Sound," according to its website.

"Many of the beds were really devastated by the storm," said Curt Johnson of Save the Sound. "Our seafood industry is on its back right now and that's a serious concern, as importantly we have to wait for the water to clean out. It can take some time 60, 40 days."

Save the Sound officials said residents should avoid recreational shell fishing for a while as well as swimming, which should not be a problem since it is November.

Some people are worried that pollutants have gotten in Long Island Sound.

There are also reports of sewage plants losing power for a brief periods of time. Johnson said sewage leaks and sewer overflows are actually common in major cities during heavy rainstorms.

"One of the things happening long term in New Haven which is very smart is they're raising they're entire electrical service, up about another five feet," he said. "All part of resilient planning and resilient building so that in future storms we're going to fair better."

Between tourism, fishing and commercial industries, Johnson estimates that the Long Island Sound brings in roughly $8.5 billion to Connecticut and News York each year.

"This is called the American Mediterranean for a reason, because so many people live on it," he said. "One in 10 Americans live within an hours drive, so I think the sound as a natural system did reasonably well."

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