Healthy Waters • Protected Lands • Ecological Restoration • Climate & Resiliency
When the government fails its duty to protect land, air, and water, federal and state environmental laws give citizens and nonprofit organizations like Save the Sound the authority to take action. Legal action has been a pillar of Save the Sound’s effectiveness since our founding, and over the five decades since, we’ve consistently taken polluters to court and won. Yet while much progress has been made, much remains to be achieved—we are always on watch for emerging threats to public health and our natural resources.
Here are just some of our current and recent legal actions to protect your right to healthy waters, clean air, and thriving natural lands.
NOTE: This page is a work in progress; please check back for updates as the status of cases and details of actions change.
Active Legal Actions
Healthy Waters (Stopping Sewage and Nitrogen Pollution)
Updated November 22, 2022: Save the Sound, Riverkeeper, et. al. v. Regan
Updated November 17, 2022: Greater Hartford (MDC) Sewage Overflows
Updated November 1, 2022: Norwalk Sewage Overflows
Updated October 26, 2022: Save the Sound v. Westchester County, et. al.
Updated July 20, 2022: Actions to Address New York City Combined Sewer Overflows That Impact Long Island Sound
Updated November 16, 2022: New York City Sewage Treatment Plant Permits and Impact on Nitrogen Pollution and Dead Zone in Long Island Sound
Updated October 26, 2022: Municipal Stormwater Permit Lawsuits
Updated November 1, 2022: Greater New Haven WPCA Sewage Overflows – Mill River Spill
Updated October 22, 2021: Springfield Water & Sewer Commission
Updated November 17, 2022: Darien Clean Water Act Action
Updated November 17, 2022: Stamford Sewage Bacteria
Protected Lands (Saving Endangered Lands)
Updated February 21, 2023: Colebrook Reservoir Water Company Lands
Updated November 16, 2021: Oswegatchie Hills Lawsuit
Updated October 22, 2021: Plum Island Lawsuit
Updated November 17, 2022: Connecticut Water Company MOA
Ecological Restoration (Restoring Historic Fish Runs)
Updated November 8, 2021: Kinneytown Dam/Restoring the Naugatuck River
Climate & Resiliency (Ensuring Accountability and Clean Air)
Historic Legal Actions
Aquarion Lands/Converse Brook Preserve
Read about more of Save the Sound’s most impactful and groundbreaking past legal actions.