Legislative Advocacy and Legal Action
Soundkeeper build a track record in the late 1980’s by taking action against various coastal municipalities to stop sewage dumping and other activities that were undermining the Sound’s water quality. All of these efforts were made possible by the Clean Water Act, which enables citizen groups to stop pollution. Today, Soundkeeper continues to be active in the courtroom and in state and national capitols to guarantee the Sound’s water quality. Our goul is to protect the Sound and make sure the Sound is included in business and government decision-making processes. We see legal action as a last recourse, and we seek to avoid it if at all possible.
Monitoring & Protection
The keeper concept is built on monitoring the water quality and marine life of a particular waterbody, and that is where Soundkeeper’s roots are. Soundkeeper started in 1987 with a single patrol boat on Long Island Sound, and that evolved to including a number of boats and a network of “stewards” around the Sound that report problems to headquarters. Today, it is still critical to have eyes and ears on the Sound, which is accomplished by an informal network of concerned citizens and by the monitoring and pumpout boats we have in various harbors around the Sound.
Wetlands and Marine Life Restoration
Soundkeeper undertakes a variety of projects in Wetlands and Marine Life Restoration based upon the current needs of the Sound and opportunities that present themselves. Often our wetlands restoration work comes out of settlement funds, such as in the case of the Pelham Bay restoration projects. However, we also raise private funds for other initiatives like our oyster hatchery project. Generally, our restoration efforts involve a community education component designed to guarantee the future of the restoration effort.