Here's a useful graphic from The Nature Conservancy showing the sources of nitrogen pollution in various parts of the East End of Long Island, from a report entitled Nitrogen Load Modeling -- The Peconic Estuary, New York.
The groundwater, polluted with nitrogen from the septic tanks and from lawn and farm fertilizers, has over the past 30 years triggered ever larger and more devastating algal blooms, destroying marine habitats everywhere.
Republicans have done a lot of soul searching to try and figure out why women voters opposed them at historic levels during the 2012 election. They've questioned their message, and their messengers. But they haven't reflected on their anti-woman policies.
Just as in the Second World War we had a national shortage of skilled workers for manufacturing, today we have a critical shortage of technology workers. Women and education are two keys to the solution.
In a little more than one term in the House and about eighteen months in the Senate, Gillibrand has established herself as a serious progressive Democrat with appeal to political independents and even some conservatives.