Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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When I was a kid out on eastern Long Island, before the LI Expressway, back when potato farms were the only thing out on the Island, I can remember the clarity of the water in LI Sound was such that you could see the bottom clearly in 20' of water. It was never Caribbean blue but crystal clear. There were also schools of porpoise which, I understand have begun to return recently after many years of the Sound being pretty polluted.
In Maine, where I've done a lot of sea kayaking, around Deer I., the water does approach that crystal blue color. I don't know why this occurs up there but the water is, again, very clean and clear. IMO it has much to do with how much man-made crap being is mixed into the water.
Lake Champlain, where I keep the boat now for the winter, is a good example of very poor water clarity because of man-made runoff and too many organic nutrients washing down from towns and farms.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.