Clean Up Long Island Sound’s Marine Debris

Target: Katie Scharf Dykes, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Goal: Take immediate action to clean up Long Island Sound’s marine debris and protect this vital ecosystem.

Long Island Sound, a precious natural resource, is currently plagued by a significant marine debris problem. This debris poses a severe threat to the delicate balance of this coastal ecosystem. Accumulated debris, ranging from plastics to abandoned fishing gear, not only endangers marine life, but also disrupts the overall health of this vital water body. The impact on aquatic ecosystems and local communities cannot be overstated.

Evidence of this issue is readily apparent, with debris regularly washing ashore, fouling the beaches, and entangling wildlife. The repercussions extend beyond the immediate environment, as marine debris affects commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism, and the overall quality of life for residents who rely on the Sound’s resources.

This is a matter of regional and ecological significance, requiring immediate attention and dedicated resources to address and prevent further degradation of Long Island Sound.

Sign the petition below to demand that the Connecticut DEEP takes swift and comprehensive action to clean up Long Island Sound’s marine debris, safeguard the ecosystem, and preserve this valuable natural treasure for generations to come.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Dykes,

We are deeply concerned about the escalating issue of marine debris in Long Island Sound. This precious ecosystem, a cornerstone of the regional identity and environment, is under threat from the accumulation of debris, which imperils the health of this vital water body and the communities it supports.

Marine debris poses an immediate danger to marine life and coastal ecosystems, as well as long-term consequences for the communities, industries, and the overall quality of life in the region. We cannot afford to delay action any longer.

We implore you to prioritize and expedite the cleanup efforts in Long Island Sound, allocate necessary resources, and implement comprehensive strategies to mitigate and prevent further marine debris pollution. The shared future depends on the health and vitality of this precious natural resource.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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