April 19, 2014

What Have We Done?

The most important question anyone can ask a nonprofit organization is, “What have you accomplished?” We are proud of our record of achievement in protecting the Sound since our founding in 1987, and here are some highlights.

We take action to stop polluters and preserve the Sound

  • We have successfully sued to reduce the hazardous waste escaping from sewage treatment facilities in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stratford, and Greenwich.
  • We stopped irresponsible sandblasting of lead paint from watershed bridges forcing adoption of containment procedures.
  • We play a vital role in the ongoing restoration of the state’s public shellfish beds. In the past six years over 3,000 acres have been restored.

We seek visibility and we create awareness

  • We wrote and distributed 15,000 “Soundkeeper’s Clean Boaters Guide”.
  • We published and distributed 20,000 copies of the SoundBook, an informative citizen’s guide to Long Island Sound and the watershed.
  • We published and distributed 10,000 copies of Super KeeperKids Challenge Megablob: A Long Island Sound Activities and Coloring Book to kids around Long Island Sound.
  • We annually mail tens of thousands of informational brochures and environmental “tip” sheets related to Long Island Sound.
  • We maintain an ongoing presence in media outlets ranging from the Stamford Advocate and the New York Times to Channel 12 News.

We work with people to achieve common goals

  • We built coalitions of trade unions, environmentalists and industry to upgrade outdated sewage and wastewater treatment infrastructure throughout the greater metropolitan region.
  • Through our Steward Network, we work with local organizations from the Bronx and Oyster Bay to New Haven and Bridgeport to develop responses to environmentally-related public health problems affecting communities.
  • To address pollution issues, we work with government agencies ranging from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to the Department of Agriculture and the United States Coast Guard.