• An Estuary of
    National Significance

    Improving Long Island Sound’s water quality helps
    sustain one of the region’s most beautiful resources.

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    Eelgrass off Fishers Island, courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program
  • Maintaining
    Healthy Habitats

    The Sound’s habitats are home to more
    than 1,200 species of invertebrates,
    170 species of fish, and dozens of
    species of migratory birds.

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    A least tern eats a mummichog at Sandy Point in New Haven. Photo by Patrick Comins
  • Protecting Watersheds

    The Long Island Sound Futures Fund helps fund watershed groups to protect
    habitats and improve water quality in tributaries of Long Island Sound.

    Learn More

    An early fall view of the Eightmile River, a tributary of the Connecticut River, in Lyme, CT. Photo by Jack Silky.
  • Conserving
    Natural Areas

    The goals of the Long Island Sound
    Stewardship Initiative are to conserve
    natural areas, increase access to the
    Sound, and plan for multiple uses.

    Learn More

    Hiking at Pleasant Valley Preserve. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Stewardship Atlas

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Explore the 33 Stewardship Areas along the coast of  Long Island Sound.
View Atlas »

Reducing Nitrogen

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EPA is proposing to aggressively reduce nitrogen, a nutrient that in excess leads to poor water quality.
View Strategy »

Photo of the Month

may corals

Did you know Long Island Sound has corals?
View Multimedia Gallery »

Make a Difference

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You can volunteer to help restore and protect the Sound.
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News Room

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05.23.16

Volunteer for the Sound May Newsletter - Read the May 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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05.12.16

Sound Bytes Spring 2016 - Read the Spring 2016 issue of Sound Bytes. Download the Spring 2016 issue as a PDF here. Continue Reading

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04.14.16

Volunteer for the Sound April Newsletter - Read the April 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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04.06.16

Year in Review 2015 Issue - The spring 2016 issue of Sound Update focuses on Long Island Sound Study's Year in Review of 2015. Continue Reading

04.04.16

EPA Proposed Nitrogen Strategy - EPA will be holding public meetings on April 13 and April 15 to present details on its proposed Long Island Sound Nitrogen Strategy. Continue Reading

03.31.16

Long Island Sound Study Science Research RFP Released - The Connecticut and New York Sea Grant Programs announce the Long Island Sound Study extra-mural research program. Continue Reading

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03.31.16

New Study Documents Wetland Loss along Long Island Sound - Nearly a third of the wetlands along Long Island Sound have disappeared since the 1880s, representing a serious loss of this vital resource for coastal communities and for fish and wildlife. Continue Reading

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03.30.16

Volunteer for the Sound March Newsletter - Read the March 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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Long Island Sound Citizens Summit -

When: June 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Stony Brook University

Registration for the Historic 25th Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit is now open! The Summit will be held on Friday, June 3rd at Stony Brook University’s Student Activities Center. The 25th Annual Long Island[...]

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Trails Day Event: Hike the Preserve, Westbrook -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Preserve Property, 1226 Essex Rd, Westbrook, CT 06498, USA

   Enjoy a 3.75 mile hike on interim Trail system of the 1000 acre state forest, led by Chris Cryder. Please wear appropriate attire, and bring some water and snacks. Leader(s): Jonathan Paradis, Chris Cryder[...]

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Trails Day Event: Planting at Stonington Preserve -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve, Stonington, CT

Make a difference and join us at the Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve in Stonington Borough as we begin our second year of plantings on this unique marshland! This event is open to families of[...]

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Trails Day Event: Volunteer at Sheffield Island/Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Sheffield Island, Goldstein Pl, Norwalk, CT 06855, USA

Join the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Norwalk Seaport Association for a volunteer day to clean and rehabilitate the Sheffield Island nature trail. Volunteers will take a FREE ferry ride to Sheffield Island[...]

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Trails Day Events: Birding, Kayaking, Nature Walking, Model Flying at Sherwood Island State Park -

When: June 4, 2016 all-day
Where: Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880, USA

8:30 – 9:30am            Bird Walk Event Summary: A Bird Walk around Sherwood Island, led by Bird Photographer, A.J. Hand. Meet him at the Nature Center, then explore the varied habitat and spot species of birds attracted to[...]

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Trails Day: Hawk Watch at Pelham Bay Park -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York, Rodmans Neck, Bronx, NY 10464, USA

Birding: Hawk Watch New York City Park Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars and field[...]

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Trails Day Event: Grassland Restoration at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743, USA

Join the Caumsett Foundation to learn about the grassland restoration project and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly while participating in an invasive weed pull in the restoration area. Bring garden gloves and wear a long-sleeved shirt[...]

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Trails Day Event: Volunteer Workday at Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary -

When: June 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY 10580, USA

Volunteer Workday. Join the Edith G. Read Sanctuary Volunteer Corps as they work to improve the sanctuary. Help remove invasive plants, do trail maintenance, pick up trash from the beach, and clear debris from the salt marsh.[...]

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Trails Day Event: Sunset Walk at West Meadow Beach -

When: June 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook, NY 11733, USA

Sunset Beach Trail Walk. Bring binoculars if you have them and enjoy a walk lead by naturalist Molly Hastings. We will make stops along the walk to enjoy special features at West Meadow Beach. Bring[...]

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Trails Day Event: Nature Walk at Turtle Creek Preserve (Old Saybrook) -

When: June 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Old Saybrook (Turtle Creek)

This will be a relaxing and educational amble with stops to explore whatever the woods and wetlands offer. We will also talk about the larger context of this small open space parcel, positioned in such[...]

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Trails Day Event: Bay Day at The WaterFront Center -

When: June 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: The WaterFront Center, 1 West End Ave, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, USA

Join The WaterFront Center for Bay Day. There will be a touch tank, FREE Christeen sails, FREE sonar sails, and FREE kayak rentals. There will be face painting, crafts, pirates, and other cool activities. Sails[...]

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Science and Technical Advisory Committee (2nd Quarter) -

When: June 17, 2016 all-day
Where: tbd

 

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Citizens Advisory Committee (2nd Quarter) -

When: June 23, 2016 all-day
Where: Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604, USA

 

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05.23.16

Volunteer for the Sound May Newsletter - Read the May 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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05.12.16

Sound Bytes Spring 2016 - Read the Spring 2016 issue of Sound Bytes. Download the Spring 2016 issue as a PDF here. Continue Reading

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04.14.16

Volunteer for the Sound April Newsletter - Read the April 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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04.06.16

Year in Review 2015 Issue - The spring 2016 issue of Sound Update focuses on Long Island Sound Study's Year in Review of 2015. Continue Reading

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03.30.16

Volunteer for the Sound March Newsletter - Read the March 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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02.23.16

Sound Bytes Winter 2016 - Read the Winter 2016 issue of Sound Bytes. Download the Winter 2016 issue as a PDF here. Continue Reading

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01.29.16

Volunteer for the Sound January Newsletter - Read the January 2016 issue of the Volunteer for the Sound newsletter. Continue Reading

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12.21.15

Citizen Science Issue - The winter 2015-2016 issue of Sound Update focuses on citizen science projects around Long Island Sound. Continue Reading

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