Through the centuries, Long Island Sound has played an important part in Connecticut history. It’s provided a means of transportation for settlers and naval ships as well as shipping for agricultural goods and textiles. Generations of fishermen have made a living harvesting fish and shellfish from its waters and local factories and mills once depended on tidal rivers for water power. Today, many people depend on the Sound for recreation and fishing.
Unfortunately, heavy population and industry threatens this beautiful and ecologically diverse water resource. Factories have dumped poisons into streams and rivers which feed the sound. Fertilizer, pesticides and road salt has found its way into the water. Scientists have identified a sizable dead zone and invasive species have penetrated the ecosystem.
Public education is critical to the effort to reverse the damage. Jim Paul, a dedicated ecologist and educator, will discuss ways to protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem. Live animal exhibits and a lively Q&A will complete the presentation.
The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Aquarium achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. Visit www.maritimeaquarium.org for more information.
This program is open to all at no charge and will be held in the Meeting Room. Patrons of all ages are invited to participate. For more information email Local History Librarian Carl White at [email protected] or call (203) 622-7948.