Our webinars provide you with the unique opportunity to hear directly from the Save the Sound experts working in the field, while our environmental film discussions give you a chance to chat with our staff on environmental issues happening around the world.
Previous Webinars and Discussions
Webinar: World Fish Migration Day – Reports from the Field (Oct. 24, 2020)
Check back soon for a recording!
Save the Sound’s Ecological Restoration team offered a live view from several project sites where access to upstream habitat for migratory fish has been, or will be, restored. We took you along with us as we virtually visited staff in the field from three different locations: the site of the previous Pond Lily Dam along the West River in New Haven, Connecticut, where we successfully completed a dam removal five years ago; Pages Millpond Dam along the Farm River in Branford, Connecticut where we recently installed a fishway; and Dana Dam, also known as Strong Pond Dam, at Merwin Meadows along the Norwalk River in Wilton, Connecticut where our team has just begun a new dam removal project. Please check back later for the full recording.
“Envision Plum Island” (Oct. 21, 2020)
Save the Sound, The Nature Conservancy, and consulting firm Marstel-Day met with nearly 200 of you from all around the Long Island Sound region plus Albany, New York, and D.C. to develop our vision: Plum Island Preserve, for permanent conservation, historical preservation, limited public access, and reuse of Plum Island’s existing infrastructure to maintain skilled jobs compatible with conservation.
“Exploring the Importance of Pollinator Pathways” (Oct. 16, 2020)
Pollinator pathways are pesticide-free corridors of native plants that provide nutrition and habitat for pollinators. These pathways are crucial to biodiversity, the production of healthy crops, and the health of ecosystems that many wild animals rely on for food and habitat. Save the Sound staff and two special guests, Jim Sirch and Mary Ellen Lemay, local eco-friendly gardening experts, spoke about the importance of pollinator pathways and how you can create your own. Please check back later for the recording.
“Dive into the Long Island Sound Report Card” (Oct. 16, 2020)
Get a better understanding of the 2020 Long Island Sound Report Card and the health of LIS. Save the Sound’s Peter Linderoth, Director of Water Quality, and Tracy Brown, Regional Director of Water Protection explain some of the intricacies of the 2020 Long Island Sound Report Card and take questions from the public.
Save the Sound’s Annual Meeting – Resiliency During a Pandemic: How People and Nature Rebound (Oct. 8, 2020)
Did you miss this year’s Annual Meeting? We’ve got you covered. Watch recordings of the opening remarks on the year’s highlights and challenges from Save the Sound President Curt Johnson, and see video of our four breakout sessions.
“EVs for Everyone” panel (Oct. 2, 2020)
This National Drive Electric Week 2020 panel assembled experts for a conversation about the present and future of Electric Vehicles, including what makes EVs eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and fun; EVs for every price point; and Connecticut state policy and goals.
Panelists included Curt Johnson, president of Save the Sound; Lakiesha Christopher, CT DEEP; Bryan Garcia, CT Green Bank; Kevin Miller, ChargePoint; and Larry Thompson, EV evangelist.
“Olin Power Farm Virtual Community Forum” (Aug. 26, 2020)
The Olin Powder Farm is a remarkable 102.5-acre gem of open space on the north end of the Newhall neighborhood in Hamden. It’s owned by the Olin Corp., but unused since the 1970s. Thirty-four years after CT DEEP ordered a cleanup, it remains fenced off and the remediation is incomplete. As a result, an entire generation of parents and children have been prohibited from accessing and enjoying this beautiful property. Hear from Save the Sound, CONECT, the Hamden Land Trust, and neighborhood leaders to learn more about what makes this property special, the history of environmental racism in Hamden, how we can push a cleanup forward, and what the Olin Powder Farm could one day become.
“How Much is Clean Energy Worth?” (July 30, 2020)
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) right now is deciding the “value of distributed energy resources.” What does this mean? The final report PURA creates will put a value on things like solar and battery storage, and could decide the fate of net metering. Our goal is to ensure PURA considers all the benefits of distributed energy projects, such as economic, environmental, and health.
You’ll hear from Charles Rothenberger (Save the Sound Climate and Energy Attorney), Karl R. Rábago (former Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center), Kyle Wallace (Vivint Solar), and Sunrise New Haven.
“Virtual Panel: Student-Led Green Infrastructure in Hamden” (July 30, 2020)
Hear from Quinnipiac faculty and students, as well as representatives of the Town of Hamden and the Eli Whitney Museum (the selected sites) about a green infrastructure installation in planning for the Eli Whitney Museum, which was set in motion by students at Quinnipiac University last semester.
PRESS CONFERENCE: Envision Plum Island report release (July 22, 2020)
For the past two years, Save the Sound, the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, and over 200 stakeholders worked with environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day to develop a plan for Plum Island’s future. The aim: permanent conservation, habitat protection, and reuse of Plum Island’s existing infrastructure to maintain skilled jobs compatible with conservation.
“Following the Fish: A Recap of the 2020”
Fish biologist Jon Vander Werff has been hard at work monitoring your local fish populations, including in areas we’ve completed ecological restoration projects. Watch as he discusses the monitoring he’s been doing, what he’s found, and how those numbers can guide action for our regional environment.
“Kickoff Event: East Coast Community Cleanup”
Save the Sound, Future Frogmen, and Patagonia come together for this special event to kick-off a virtual cleanup across the Long Island Sound region and the east coast. Hear from Soundkeeper Bill Lucey about plastics and the importance of keeping trash out of our waterways before launching into a Q&A and instructions for participating in the virtual cleanup.
“Bird Talk: Following Regional Migration Patterns”
Frank Gallo, ornithologist and author of Birding in Connecticut, is hosted by Save the Sound president Curt Johnson as he shares information about bird migration in our region, and stories from his long experience as a park ranger, his time as associate director of the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, and his role leading birding tours around the world.
“A Way Home: Restoring Fish Passage and Healing Ecosystems”
Our Ecological Restoration Project Manager, Alex Krofta, takes the stage to tell you about how our Ecological Restoration team has been working to install fish passages and restore rivers for native and migratory species. Hear about what we’re doing to promote and protect healthy and diverse ecosystems around your community.
“Air, Climate, and Covid-19: Dramatic Trends in Our New Normal”
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Air Bureau Chief Tracy Babbidge, health and environmental justice expert Dr. Mark Mitchell, and Save the Sound Climate and Energy Attorney Charles Rothenberger participate in a conversation on air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and community health impacts amidst our new normal. Dive into current air quality data and learn how we can continue lowering our carbon footprint and helping communities breathe cleaner far into the future.
“Book Talk: Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused“
Save the Sound Land Campaign Manager Chris Cryder talks with Marian Lindberg about her brand new book that examines a historical event on Plum Island. Dive into the story behind a 1914 scandal involving Major Benjamin Koehler, malice at the highest levels of government, changing standards of masculinity, and pushback against woman’s growing influence.
“Protecting Your Region’s Forage Fish”
Hear from your Soundkeeper, Bill Lucey, on the management, restoration, and ecology that goes into protecting forage fish around Long Island Sound.
“Reducing Runoff, One Rain Garden at a Time”
Hear from our Mill River Watershed Coordinator, Nicole Davis, about what you can do to protect your clean water right from your backyard! With 16 rain gardens planted just in 2019, we’re tackling runoff one neighborhood at a time.
“Creating a Sewage-Free Long Island Sound”
Join our legal team as they discuss how they work with your watchdog on the water, Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, to track down and address sewage leaks in Long Island Sound! Our team merges water monitoring with legal expertise to protect your local streams and rivers from pollution.
“Shorter Name, Same Mission”
Hear from our President, Curt Johnson, and Director of Communications, Laura McMillan, about the factors that went into our decision to go from Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound to Save the Sound. We’ll be answering all of your questions in a discussion about the future of our organization.
“Climate Change in the 2020 Legislative Session”
Have lunch and hear from our Climate and Energy Attorney, Charles Rothenberger, about our priorities this legislative session to protect your clean air and combat climate change. From shared solar to electric vehicles and everything in between, we’re raising the bar on environmental protection.
“Reopening Rivers and Restoring Estuaries”
Our Director of Ecological Restoration, Gwen Macdonald, takes a break from being in the field to provide you with details on upcoming green infrastructure and river restoration projects. This exciting webinar will showcase the on-the-ground efforts to improve water quality and reduce sewer overflows in our urban waterways, restore fish and reconnect our rivers, all to improve the health of Long Island Sound.
“Restoring Sunken Meadow”
Join our Green Infrastructure Project Manager, Cary White, for a stunning and informative visual tour of the transformation at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, our largest ecological restoration project to date.
“The Impact of Plastic Pollution on Long Island Sound”
Save the Sound President, Curt Johnson, discusses a few of the ways that plastic moves through our waterways to Long Island Sound, the harm it does when it gets there, and how you can work with us to stop it!
“Long Island Sound Beach Report”
Save the Sound Director, Tracy Brown, discusses some of the findings of our 1st Long Island Sound Beach Report which grades 204 swimming beaches across the Sound. Our report offers detailed steps local communities and residents can take to improve their water quality, as well as action Save the Sound is already taking.
Previous Film Discussions
Watch “Blind Sushi” here. Enter the password “sushi” to view the film.
Ground-breaking sushi chef Bun Lai, Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, and special guest Matt McCary, the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University talk about the role that invasive species play in ecosystems and the role they could play in our food future in a panel discussion about “Blind Sushi,” a film about Bun’s restaurant Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, and come ready with your questions for Bun.
“Greening the Ghetto”
Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermúdez, Gather New Haven Executive Director Brent Peterkin, Executive Director of Bronx River Alliance Maggie Greenfield, Community Organizer for the CT League of Conservation Voters Alexander Rodriguez, and our own Nicole Davis and Melissa Schlag participated in a live Q&A and panel discussion about “Greening the Ghetto,” a 20-minute TED talk by Majora Carter about her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx, New York.
“Fools and Dreamers”
New York Natural Areas Coordinator Louise Harrison, Chief Development Officer Alicia Sullivan, and special guest Greenskills Manager with the Urban Resources Initiative Caroline Scanlan participate in a live Q&A and panel discussion with Save the Sound staff as we talk about a 30-minute film that follows the story of one man who dedicated his life to restoring degraded farmland and transforming it into native forest land in New Zealand.
“A Plastic Wave”
Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey, Ecological Communications Specialist Anthony Allen, and special guest Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former Region 2 EPA Administrator under the Obama administration participate in a live Q&A and panel discussion about “A Plastic Wave.” The film follows a surfer and father of two turned activist as he travels and speaks with scientists, plastic industry experts, and families and citizens to better understand the plastic crisis and how we can fix it.
“Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change”
Save the Sound board member Dawn Henry, climate and energy attorney Charles Rothenberger, climate advocate Melissa Schlag, and co-director of Sunrise Connecticut Sena Wazer participate in a live Q&A and panel discussion with Save the Sound staff as we talk about “Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change,” a 10-minute film that discusses the psychology behind climate change and why people are often hesitant to think about it.
“Agua de El Yunque”
Our climate advocate, Ecological Restoration Project Manager, Watersheds Coordinator, and Long Island Soundkeeper participate in a live Q&A and panel discussion with Save the Sound staff as we talk about “Aqua de El Yunque,” a 16-minute documentary that follows the path of water from the rainforests of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest to the Coastal communities.
Our President Curt Johnson, Director of Ecological Restoration Gwen Macdonald, and Climate Advocate Melissa Schlag participate in a conversation about “Blueback,” a 10-minute documentary about fish restoration that touches on climate change, justice, and the power of people and community. Hear what they had to say and how this film ties in with our work to fight climate change and free your waters for local fish populations throughout the Long Island Sound region.