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Impact of Irene prompts boating warning for both river and Sound

Boaters are urged to use caution on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, due to the continuing impact of Tropical Storm Irene including runoff from flooding in Vermont and other areas on the waterways.

Eleanor Mariani, director of the Boating Division of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said today that there are still a lot of large logs and other debris in the river. Much of the debris carried down the river earlier has found its way into Long Island Sound and is creating hazards there, she said.

The river has receded from flood stage, she said, but it is still turbid with sediment and pollutants from failed septic systems and other sources from the north.

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