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The Western Bays, an ecosystem suffering from all sides
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Scott Brinton/Herald
The Western Bays provide many recreational opportunities such as kayaking, but scientists say that fertilizer runoff and partially treated sewage effluent threaten the health of the bays. Above, a wetland canal at Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick.

Educating children about the Western Bays is equally important, experts say. Operation SPLASH hosts a number of school programs. “The education programs that we do in the schools, [second-graders are] studying storm runoff and they’re doing it in accordance with the Common Core through a grant at Adelphi [University],” said Crupar. “The students are learning about personal responsibility and how one person can make a difference.”

Stapha Charleme is a student in Hofstra University’s graduate journalism program and a Herald summer intern. This piece was her final project for Issues in Science Reporting, taught each spring by Herald Senior Editor Scott Brinton. Comments? Sbrinton@liherald.com


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