Threats

Save Our Sound

Nantucket Sound remains vulnerable to multiple threats. The Sound’s environment is threatened by diminished water quality, coastal erosion, habitat degradation, and other serious effects of climate change. Indications of pollution in these ecosystems—algae blooms and depletions in fish stocks—are increasing and threaten this ecosystem. Our coastline is facing an unprecedented threat from sea level rise, storm surge, and erosion, and these risks are becoming more extreme.

In addition, Nantucket Sound’s unique geographic configuration means that while the state waters that ring the Sound are protected, the federal government can still lease grid blocks in the center of the Sound to private developers.

Without immediate action, future generations cannot count on the Sound to endure as the national treasure it is today.

Coastal Erosion

Our coastline is facing an unprecedented threat from sea level rise, storm surge, and erosion, and these risks are becoming more extreme.

Habitat Degradation

The Cape and Islands are actively threatened by habitat loss and degradation.

Water Quality

Indications of pollution in our ecosystems in terms of algae blooms and depletion in fish stocks are increasing.

Development

The waters in the center of Nantucket Sound remain open to industrialization and leasing by the federal government.

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