Citizens Advisory Committee

Purpose

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a volunteer organization that provides ongoing advice to the Federal, state, and local government Management Conference partners working on implementing the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the restoration and protection of Long Island Sound. The CAC is governed by its Bylaws enacted in 1988, and last amended in 2019 (see sidebar).

Membership on the CAC is open to individuals representing environmental organizations, businesses, industries, local governments, and other public and private organizations in Connecticut and New York with a demonstrable interest in the restoration and protection of the Sound and its ecosystems.

The CAC meets quarterly on the second Thursday of March, June, September, and December in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. Meetings are open to the public. Membership is limited to 60 voting members, who are approved by the CAC. Members are committed to the restoration and protection of the Sound, and must abide by the CAC Bylaws to remain in good standing.

Meetings

See Events & Meetings web page for announcements of upcoming committee meetings for MC, STAC, CAC, and HRSWG.

Committee Members

Co-chairs

  • Holly Drinkuth, The Nature Conservancy, CT Co-chair
  • Nancy Seligson, Town of Mamaroneck, NY Co-chair

New York

  • Patricia Aitken, Whaling Museum and Education Center at Cold Spring Harbor
  • Sarah Deonarine, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee
  • Carol DiPaolo, Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor
  • Maureen Dolan Murphy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
  • Meagan Fastuca, Town of North Hempstead
  • Martin Garrell, PhD, Adelphi University
  • George Hoffman, Setauket Harbor Task Force
  • Heather Johnson,  Friends of the Bay
  • Peter McCartt, Westchester County Dept. of Sustainability
  • Erin McGrath, Audubon New York
  • David Miller, NYLCVEF
  • Daniel Natchez, Daniel S. Natchez & Associates
  • Eric Swenson, Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee

Connecticut

  • Phil Brencher, The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center
  • Tracy Brown, CT Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound
  • William Cavers, Darien Advisory Committee on Coastal Waters
  • Sarah Crosby, Earthplace/Harbor Watch
  • Katie Cubina, Mystic Aquarium
  • Garrett Owen Grant, Pequonnock Yacht Club
  • Carl Harvey, Menunkatuck Audubon Society
  • David Hudson, PhD, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
  • Joel Rinebold, Joel M. Rinebold LLC
  • Judy Rondeau, Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
  • Denise Savageau, Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts
  • Leigh Shemitz, SoundWaters
  • Howard Weiss, PhD, Project Oceanology

Science and Technical Advisory Committee Member Liaisons to the CAC

  • Kamazima Lwiza, PhD, Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Jaimie Vaudrey, PhD, University of Connecticut Department of Marine Sciences

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