May 25, 2017

Our Work

Legislative Advocacy & Legal Action
Soundkeeper built a track record as a clean water watchdog 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 goal 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 preserving and protecting clean water and the life it sustains. The Soundkeeper program started in 1987 to protect the resources of Long Island Sound. We started with a single patrol boat and grew into a network of boats and people around the Sound who report pollution problems to Soundkeeper headquarters and help keep your water clean. Today, it is still critical to have eyes and ears on the Sound. You can help.

Wetlands & 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.