Friday, May 2, 2014

Here i go again

I have challenged in a non-scientific manner Save the Sound's presentation on Nitrogen. My apologies, because for 33 years i researched this and even spent some time setting up your lab for chlorophyll analysis in Stamford. So what can i say - levels of usable nitrogen remained low for all of the warm water season (above 50 F). This was Nitrogen as Nitrate and nitrite. The early spring "bloom" of algae was NOT repeated except in special cases in harbors and did not go out to the sound. The levels of plankton also remained low even when Oxygen levels were low. Studying the sediment, i found very interesting issues. The "muck" was extremely high in anaerobic bacteria and Iron and sulfides/sulfate. Very determined chemical oxygen scavengers. They are there because of years of untreated discharges from treatment plants.
The next issue is that all Nitrogen is food and the lack of the nitrogen in the water is creating a very clean, but lifeless Long Island Sound. The initial die-off (in large quantities) occurred after tropical storm Floyd, after which high quantities of Hydrogen Sulfide were detected in the Long Island Sound water as much as half a mile off the coast line.
The lack of recovery is possibly multi-faceted, but a lack of a healthy plankton population can not be ruled out. Plankton need nitrogen to grow and they provide food as a first step in the food chain.
While i have officially retired, the data was presented and not researched by anyone further, yet many other papers have been written talking of other causes, including phosphates, which is a distinct possibility since long Island Sound is neither fresh, nor completely Ocean salty . Facts and figures i can not provide, but if you want to really look at the causes, look everywhere not just what you are told.

Monday, March 10, 2014

long time - no post

I have lost a few followers,
but i retired from doing this work so my fingers are not so much in the "pie", so to speak.
However, i do get to crow about things i have said in the past and one has come up.
Uranium, i worried about it and radon.
I spoke about testing both.
I talked about getting a scintillation counter to at least do radon in the water.
It was all for naught.
When people talked about cancers, i worried, we were not testing or even telling people to test for things that might be a cause.
The big push for pesticides was not wrong, the minuscule scale of testing in other towns (10 per district) has shown nothing, but we had tested over 40 before and found nothing.
Radon was found in very high amounts in the 1990s in a particular area of Stamford.
The lab suggested testing for the base radioactive materials that cause radon, but nothing happened.
I worried and then a well came back at very high levels and i brought it up.
it took some years, but the state started recommending this testing and a revision in the pesticide testing ordinance has it being tested.
Very few people have signed up, but of those that have 70% have found uranium in their well water, 25% of these were over the US EPA's maximum contaminant level.
This is a real problem and people need to be aware and test and treat their well water if it is needed.
THIS IS all natural, this is not good.
The only way to protect yourself  is to test,  it is not expensive.
Do it!