The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk welcomed State Rep. Joe Gresko (D-Stratford) out on its research vessel early on Wed., July 8 to be part of an ongoing study of Long Island Sound’s water quality.
The outing, with a 6 a.m. departure time, was one of The Maritime Aquarium’s regular biweekly trips to collect data on the conditions in Norwalk’s outer harbor. Staff Scientist Dr. Dave Hudson gathered information on such factors as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, water clarity and more from aboard the Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound.
The Maritime Aquarium is one of 23 organizations using standardized protocols to collect data for what’s called the Unified Water Study, which focuses on water conditions in bays and harbors all around the Sound. The effort was launched by Save the Sound in 2017 because conditions in bays and harbors – where much of the public comes into contact with the Sound – can be different from conditions out in the open waters.
Launched in 2015, R/V Spirit of the Sound is a 64-foot catamaran that was the country’s first hybrid-electric research vessel.
Gresko is vice chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, and a member of the Energy & Technology Committee.
Learn more about the Aquarium’s conservation efforts, as well as about exhibits, programs and public and private outings aboard the research vessel this summer, at www.maritimeaquarium.org.