The Soundkeeper embodies a powerful idea: Restoring and protecting the environment requires constant vigilance.

Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucey plays that vital role on the water. A watchdog, doing what’s possible only through direct contact: patrolling the Sound’s waters, engaging with you, the public, spotting new opportunities for restoration, and finding and stopping pollution with the help of our legal team.

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The Soundkeeper is more than a dedicated and passionate individual; he manifests a way of thinking about how to best protect waters, fisheries, and wildlife. It’s an approach that involves all whose lives and livelihoods are touched by Long Island Sound—volunteers who get their hands dirty cleaning beaches, children learning about the Sound, fishers who depend on healthy habitats, legislators who pull the levers of policy, and concerned citizens who hold polluters accountable.

The Soundkeeper works hand-in-hand with the Save the Sound program, legal, and legislative staff across Connecticut and New York to mobilize the public, enforce the highest environmental standards, and be Long Island Sound’s voice when legislators and agencies decide policy.

Meet the Soundkeeper

Bill Lucey is an experienced commercial fisherman, environmental educator, and fish and wildlife biologist with more than two decades of experience studying and conserving marine life.

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Where it all began

The Soundkeeper has a 30-year history spurred by crisis conditions on the Sound.

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Save the Sound

The Soundkeeper is backed by Save the Sound, which works to stop pollution and monitor water quality, enforce laws, preserve fisheries, and restore wildlife habitats.


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Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 21
Join our 9th annual Paddle for the Sound! Paddle with a kayak, canoe, or SUP (your own or a rental), track your distance, raise funds, and win gear prizes! This event supports the health and protection of Long Island Sound.

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