Monday, June 27, 2005

Water Quality at Execution Rocks

UConn has a new water quality sensor, at Execution Rocks off New Rochelle, connected to its MYSound site. It’s a good location to watch because it is absolutely at the heart of the area of the Sound that suffers the most from low dissolved oxygen concentrations.

As of this afternoon, DO at 54 feet below the surface was 4.2 milligrams per liter, or about 0.7 milligrams per liter above the level at which marine biologists start to get concerned. Here’s the Execution Rocks page; the MYSound homepage is to the right.

Execution Rocks, by the way, did not receive their name because Tories chained Colonists (or vice versa) there to await drowning when the tide rose. That's a Long Island Sound myth. They're called Execution Rocks because they were dangerous to sail past. Just like Hell Gate is not really the gate to hell, just a dangerous place for a boat.


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