Coming Up: Sound Summit- Apr. 26
24 Apr, 2014
By Loop Contributor
On Friday Save the Sound, the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will hold their 23rd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit at Iona College in New Rochelle, coinciding with Save the Sound’s Earth Week celebration.
This year’s featured speaker will be Albert Appleton, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Director of the New York City Water and Sewer system.
This year’s summit, “Sound Discoveries: Celebrating Long Island Sound’s Past & Charting its Future,” will look back to Adriaen Block’s exploration of the Sound 400 years ago, and towards the future to prioritize strategies for Long Island Sound’s updated management blueprint, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The keynote address by Appleton will focus on the need to learn from the successes of Sound-shore communities who are successfully improving Long Island Sound’s environment. The lessons include the necessities of building political will and engaging citizens who use the Sound, accurate science, a dynamic understanding of the Sound’s ecosystem, and addressing “the environmental health of the coastlines that define it, of the communities that dwell beside it, and of the inland areas that drain into it.”
The summit will also feature several panels of experts from government, environment, and academia and breakout sessions that will address four priorities of Sound management: Waters and Watersheds, Wildlife and Habitats, Sound Communities, and Science and Management. Other focus areas will include the best way to communicate success in and promote funding for the four crucial areas.
WHO: Save the Sound
Long Island Sound Study
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
WHERE: Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY
WHEN: FRIDAY, April 25, 2014
9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Click here to view the full agenda
§ Albert Appleton
§ New York State Senator George Latimer
§ New York State Assemblyman Steven Otis
§ Connecticut State Representative Lonnie Reed
§ New York County Legislator, New Rochelle, Jim Maisano
§ Nancy Seligson, Town Supervisor, Town of Mamaroneck , and NY Co-Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS CAC)
§ David Kooris, Director of Office of Planning and Economic Development, City of Bridgeport
§ Don Strait, President, Connecticut Fund for the Environment
§ Curt Johnson, Executive Director, Save the Sound, and CT Co-Chair of LISS CAC
§ Sean Mahar, Director of Government Relations, Audubon New York
§ Tom Andersen, NY Program & Communications Coordinator, Save the Sound, and Director of Communications, Connecticut Audubon Society
§ Leigh Shemitz, Executive Director, SoundWaters
§ Joop Varekamp, Professor, Wesleyan University
§ David Miller, LISS CAC
§ Adam Green, Founder and Executive Director, Rocking the Boat
§ James O’Donnell, UCONN Department of Marine Sciences
§ Mark Tedesco, Long Island Sound Office Director, EPA
§ Victoria O’Neill, NYS DEC
§ Drew Carey, Partner, WaterVision
About Save the Sound
Save the Sound was originally founded in 1972 as the Long Island Sound Taskforce. Using legal expertise, grassroots advocacy, volunteer work, and habitat restoration, Save the Sound has successfully fought to preserve great coastal and island sites; fought for clean water; restored rivers and marshes; and cleaned up hundreds of miles of coastline in order to preserve and protect the Sound now and for future generations.
In 2004, Save the Sound merged with Connecticut Fund for the Environment and continues to advocate against threats to the natural environment in both New York and Connecticut and Long Island Sound.