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

Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network

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 kicked off the Network with “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 line up of events including webinars, roundtable discussions, and the 2025 Long Island Sound Summit 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.

2024 Event Schedule

January 11, 2024

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Live over Zoom

Webinar

Tackling Local Nitrogen Pollution: Reducing Fertilizer in Communities

Fertilizer makes up about 20% of nitrogen entering Long Island Sound. This Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network (LIS CWN) webinar features new science to understand hot spots of fertilizer application and highlights local actions communities and individuals can take to help target and reduce nitrogen pollution from lawn fertilizers.

Presentation Topics and Speakers

  • Fertilizing Long Island Sound with Dr. Jamie Vaudrey, Research Coordinator, Connecticut National Estuarine Research
  • Encouraging native plants and fertilizer alternatives on Fishers Island with Hannah Vagts, Project Coordinator, Henry L. Ferguson Museum – Fishers Island Seagrass Management Coalition
  • Advocacy and Policy for Residential Fertilizer Reduction with Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

June 4, 2024

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network Round Table

Achieving a cleaner, healthier Sound will require cooperation and collaboration between municipalities, non-profits, businesses, and individuals. This Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network (LIS CWN) Roundtable showcases recent regional partnerships that tackle pollution entering the Sound’s waters and dive deeper into ways to break down barriers and implement successful projects.

Presentation Topics and Speakers

  • Green Infrastructure at Sunken Meadow Park with Katie Friedman (Save the Sound) and Lance Millar (NYS Parks)
  • Assessing Stormwater Infrastructure with Cierra Patrick (Town of Groton) and Tim Clark (The Nature Conservancy CT)
  • Northport Rain Gardens with Maureen Murphy (Citizens Campaign for the Environment) and Don Tesoriero (Village of Northport)

July 16, 2024

12:30 – 1:30pm

Live over Zoom

Webinar

Tackling Long Island Sound Plastic Pollution: Plastic Free July

Presentation Topics and Speakers

  • Microplastic “Hotspots” in Long Island Sound with Rachael Z. Miller (Founder/Chief Ocean Lover, of the Rozalia Project)
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About the LIS CWN

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.

Past Webinars 

The Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network have hosted webinars and events since 2021 addressing Long Island Sound pollution issues and highlighting local pollution solutions. View our archives to watch recordings of our previous events and speaker presentations!

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.