There’s a new “sheriff” patrolling Long Island Sound (LIS), and he’s a fish and wildlife biologist. Armed only with a passion for protecting the biological, physical, and chemical integrity of the Sound and its watershed, Bill Lucey – the region’s newly appointed soundkeeper – will share details of his critical mission in a free presentation at the New Haven Museum (NHM) on October 24, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
Lucey’s position is a program of Soundkeeper, Inc., a subsidiary of Save the Sound. As soundkeeper, Bill upholds Save the Sound’s mission to protect and restore Long Island Sound. In addition to patrolling 600 miles of coastline looking for possible environmental-regulation violations, Lucey serves as an advocate in Hartford and Albany, and an organizer and resource for shell-fishing and fisheries communities and the public.
The concept of a water “keeper” developed from the old English tradition of assigning stewards to monitor the king’s waterbodies. Today, Lucey is part of an international network of 200-plus waterkeepers, and backed by a water-quality team, policy experts, communications staff, and environmental attorneys enforcing the Clean Water Act. Lucey’s goals include charting a good baseline of the current condition of LIS – collaborating with citizen scientists, government, and educators—and then working his way through the LIS watershed to find/and stem sources of pollution.
A Connecticut native who recently returned after years on the western rim of North America, Lucey is a former commercial fisherman and an experienced environmental advocate. He has led a coalition to successfully contest a timber sale on tribal lands in Alaska, lobbied federal agencies in D.C., and coordinated the writing and passage of a 2017 invasive species bill in Hawaii. Most recently, he served as project manager for the Kauai Invasive Species Committee at the Research Corporation University of Hawaii.
In addition to outlining his mission during his presentation at NHM, Lucey will explain how average folk can become advocates for the Sound, and share his goals for expanding the current program monitoring beach bacteria levels.
Soundkeeper is Save the Sound’s on-the-water watchdog. Through regular patrols of Long Island Sound’s bays and harbors, the Soundkeeper focuses on finding, reporting, and fixing the Sound’s most vexing water quality problems. Backed by the enforcement power of Save the Sound’s environmental attorneys, the Soundkeeper works to ensure polluters comply with the Clean Water Act. When not on the water, the Soundkeeper serves as a Long Island Sound advocate in Hartford and Albany and mobilizes communities around the Sound to take action for clean water. For more information visit: www.savethesound.org/soundkeeper.
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