PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - September 29, 2020 


Trump tax revelations point to disparity in nation's tax system; Pelosi and Mnuchin make last-ditch effort at pandemic relief.


2020Talks - September 29, 2020 


Today's the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. And a British news show reports a Trump campaign effort to suppress the Black vote in 2016.

Harmful Algae Blooms Flourishing in Long Island Waters

Every major bay and estuary on Long Island has been affected by algae blooms, oxygen depletion or both. (USEPA)
Every major bay and estuary on Long Island has been affected by algae blooms, oxygen depletion or both. (USEPA)
September 15, 2017

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Every major bay and estuary across Long Island has been affected by harmful algal blooms this year, according to a new report.

The annual water-quality assessment, released this week, says this year has been marked by shellfish poisoned by algae in May, the longest brown-tide bloom in history, toxic blue-green algae growing in 14 lakes, and more than 20 oxygen-depleted "dead zones" from Hempstead to East Hampton.

Doctor Christopher Gobler, a professor of marine biology at Stony Brook University, says the blooms are causing both environmental and economic damage.

"They've contributed towards the collapse of important fisheries and also have hindered existing populations of both fish and shellfish," he says.

State and county governments are dedicating significant resources to try to rein in nitrogen pollution from waste systems and fertilizers that accelerate the growth of algal blooms.

Gobler notes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo allocated $2.5 billion in this year's state budget to fund initiatives to address the problem.

"Initiatives to both expand sewer districts as well as replace old, on-site septic systems from homes with new and advanced systems that do a better job of removing nitrogen," he adds.

There is also an environmental protection fund of $300 million, and a $10 million shellfish restoration project.

Gobler points out even more is needed. There are half-a-million individual septic systems on Long Island that need to be upgraded or replaced, and failure to act would have dangerous consequences.

"The danger is that the situation will worsen and the blooms will become more prolific, more intense and their impacts more severe," he warns.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY