The Culprit Behind Long Island's Algae Blooms

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Nitrogen from septic tanks is causing algae blooms, fish die-offs and other adverse effects in coastal waters off of Long Island.

For years, scientists and officials have known that the coastal waters off of Long Island had such high levels of nitrogen that they were causing algae to thrive and fish to die. After shellfish failed to cure the problem, the Nature Conservancy commissioned a study that determined septic tanks were the problem. 

Nancy Kelley, Long Island Chapter director of the conservancy, spoke with WNYC's Richard Hake about what can be done to address the problem.