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Hub Spawn (Schematic FREE)

Hub Spawn (Schematic FREE) >>>

The project will provide access to 4.1 miles of valuable stream for migratory species including alewife, blueback herring, sea-run brook trout and American shad, which use this stream to travel to fresh water from Long Island Sound to spawn. Restoring fish passage by removing the first of four barriers on Whitford Brook is part of an ongoing strategy to restore an important riverine migratory corridor, a priority coastal habitat type of the Long Island Sound Study. The project will also improve natural stream resiliency and restore the floodplain contributing to downstream flood control. Major activities include: removing the existing fish ladder and barrier; restoring the natural stream pattern, dimension, profile, stream bed and channel; engaging 50 volunteers to plant an 8 acre riparian corridor with seedlings and native plugs, shrubs and trees and 50 students to conduct water quality and vegetative monitoring; and installing signs and holding one event celebrating project completion for the community. Project partners include: CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Towns of Groton and Stonington, Avalonia Land Conservancy, Grasso Technical High School, Ledyard Vocational Agriculture School, and the dam owner.

Azuero Earth Project DBA Perfect Earth Project will design and deliver a toxin-free lawn care program with education for homeowners and landscapers in the Long Island Sound Watershed, Suffolk County. The project will evaluate participant attitudes and motivations about lawn care, deliver toxin-free lawn care and measure chemical reductions.

The project will deliver a toxin-free lawn care educational program evaluating homeowner motivations and assessing net chemical inputs to lawns from a toxin-free approach as compared to a traditional lawn care program in the Long Island Sound Watershed, Suffolk County. The project addresses problems of conventional turf maintenance that rely upon quick-release nitrogen fertilization and heavy doses of toxic pesticides that degrade habitat, groundwater and surface water. By engaging homeowners and landscapers the project will create a model for the community and individuals. Major project activities include: a mailing and distribution of program brochures at local lawn maintenance supply stores and by partner organizations to recruit participants; three meetings to plan for the growing season; conducting an internet evaluation to measure motivations for going toxin free, willingness to pay for toxin free lawn care, and concerns with the toxin free approach; two educational sessions about toxin-free lawn care; delivering four toxin-free lawn care practices addressing fertilization, pest control, culture and irrigation on 75 acres of lawn; calculating net chemical reductions and monetary benefit to the watershed; and producing and disseminating a report of the findings. Project partners include: Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Peconic Institute, Peconic Land Trust, Group for the East End. 59ce067264


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