Audubon New York applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman for taking legal action to protect Long Island Sound from the EPA's proposal to designate an additional dumping site for dredged materials in its eastern waters. Adding an additional disposal site would fail to uphold mutually agreed upon plans to phase out the disposal of dredged materials into New York’s coastal waters, and threaten the quality of life for the people, birds, and wildlife of Long Island. Considered one of the richest veins of biodiversity on the planet, and essential to the survival of nesting and migrating priority shorebirds and waterbirds, Long Island Sound should be protected and treated as an ecological treasure for the benefit of future generations.
Audubon New York is the state’s leading voice for the conservation and protection of natural resources for birds. Integrating science, conservation, policy and education, Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitat for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. With 50,000 members and 27 affiliated chapters state-wide, Audubon New York oversees seven sanctuaries and centers, from Long Island to western New York, and protects priority habitats, including more than 130 Important Bird Areas identified as critical for the conservation of birds.