Meigs Point Beach (Image via Long Island Sound Study).

Long Island Sound: Driving Local Actions to Tackle Water Pollution

The Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network (LIS CWN) is focused on bringing together communities, groups and individuals working to reduce pollution loads entering Long Island Sound and its rivers, harbors, and bays. In 2021, we hosted “Long Island Sound: Driving Local Actions to Tackle Water Pollution”, a collaborative webinar series designed to showcase and advance local actions that target pollution from activities on land including nitrogen pollution, fecal bacteria, and consumer plastics and debris – that enter the Sound’s water through sewage, stormwater, and groundwater.

Join us for our 2022 events, including webinars advancing local actions for cleaner waters and healthy watersheds in Long Island Sound. Hear from scientists and practitioners about approaches to combat pollution and clean up coastal waters in communities around Long Island Sound.  This year’s webinar series will focus on creating connections, collaborations for change, reducing cost barriers for implementation.

The webinar series will bring people from across the Sound together to learn about advancements in technology and policy that tackles our biggest water quality challenges—from fecal bacteria, nitrogen, and marine debris/plastic pollution. These forums will inspire action. Each webinar will allow time for a question and answer session with the panelists and technical break-out groups for those that want to take a deeper dive on pollution issues.

2022 Event Schedule

April 14, 2022

12:00pm -1:30pm

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Tackling Marine Debris Pollution

Long Island Sound Marine Debris Action Plan with Nancy Balcom, Associate Director and Extension Program Leader, Connecticut Sea Grant | Senior Extension Educator, UCONN Extension

Lobster Fishing and Marine Debris with Scott Curatolo-Wagemann, Senior Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

EPR: Implementing proposed state policies to reduce packaging and plastic waste with Dereth Glance, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Remediation and Material Management, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Celebrating Victories: Successful Policies and Campaigns with Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

May 12, 2022

12:00pm -1:30pm

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Tackling Nitrogen Pollution

Healthy Lawns, Healthy River – Using Community-Based Social Marketing to Foster Sustainable Behavior Change with Judy Rondeau, NPS Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator at Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Applying Clean Wastewater Solutions for Long Island Homes with Katherine Coughlin, Water Quality Improvement Coordinator at North Shore Land Alliance, and Nicholas Calderon, Public Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy.

Residential Lawn Fertilizer Use and Nitrogen Loading Intensity Across the Long Island Sound Watershed with Robert Johnston, Director at George Perkins Marsh Institute and Professor of Economics at Clark University

June 16, 2022

12:00pm -1:30pm

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Tackling Fecal Bacteria Pollution

How Treatment Wetlands Remove Pathogens in Wastewater with Kelly Coulon, Principal Engineer, Roux

Managing Wastewater through a Public/Private Partnership in Nassau County with Kevin Chandler, Vice President & General Manager, Veolia

 Stormwater Authorities in Connecticut: Implementing Projects for Safer, Cleaner Water with Randy Collins, Advocacy Manager for Public Policy and Advocacy with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

November 2, 2022

10:30am – 2:45pm

Village Center

101-A East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777 P

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Long Island Sound Summit 2022

Funding & Strategies to Tackle Local Water Pollution

There has been significant progress cleaning up the Sound –and there is still more work to be done. The Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) lays out targeted actions to achieve ambitious water quality improvement goals.

Historic public funding investments in our nation’s water infrastructure and natural resource resilience, make this a critical moment to advance local actions that restore and protect cleaner, healthier water.

Please plan to attend the inaugural Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network Summit as we dive into new approaches and opportunities to target and reduce consumer plastics and debris, fecal bacteria, and nitrogen entering the Sound through stormwater, sewage, and groundwater. The Summit will be held in-person at the Village Center in Port Jefferson, NY.

About the LIS CWN

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The Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network (LIS CWN) is focused on bringing together communities, groups and individuals working to reduce pollution loads entering Long Island Sound and its rivers, harbors, and bays.

Our goal is to increase the pace and number of clean water projects by sharing the latest science, technology, policies and practices, spotlighting lessons learned, and building new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships across Long Island Sound geographies.

Join and stay in touch with LIS CWN!

Past Webinars and Recordings

June 16, 2022 – Tackling Fecal Bacteria Pollution

View Fecal Bacteria Webinar Recording

May 12, 2022 – Tackling Nitrogen Pollution

View Marine Debris Webinar Recording

April 14, 2022 – Tackling Marine Debris Pollution

View Marine Debris Webinar Recording

May 25, 2021 – Tackling Marine Debris Pollution

View Marine Debris Webinar Recording

May 19, 2021 – Tackling Nitrogen Pollution

View Nitrogen Webinar Recording

May 11, 2021 – Tackling Fecal Bacteria Pollution

View Fecal Bacteria Webinar Recording

The Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network (LIS CWN) is hosted by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Save the Sound, and The Nature Conservancy with generous support from the LIS Funders Collaborative and LIS Study funding.