Nitrogen pollution from sewage and fertilizers, pesticides, toxic chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs flow from the ground into our bays and harbors, negatively impacting our environment, economy and public health by:
Threatening the health of our families because even exposure to low doses of chemicals and pesticides will affect us over time.
Damaging salt marshes which help protect coastlines from damaging storms like Hurricane Sandy.
Killing sea grasses that provide vital habitat for economically important fish and shellfish.
Fueling harmful algae blooms, like red tide, brown tide and harmful blue green algae, which close the beaches where we recreate and poison the shellfish we eat.
Closing the fisheries and shellfisheries on which our maritime economy depends.