Today, Save the Sound and the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound Study (CAC) will unveil their SoundVision Action Plan, a two-year action plan for the restoration and preservation of Long Island Sound, with a news conference at 3 p.m. at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, NY, followed by a public sail at 5 p.m.
They will be joined by New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), Westchester Legislator and Board Majority Whip Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum and other village and town officials. Monday’s stop in Mamaroneck kicks off a month-long SoundVision schooner tour, stopping in four ports in Connecticut and three in New York to engage the public in the SoundVision Action Plan.
Members of the CAC and Save the Sound, along with elected officials, will gather in front of the Stamford-based Schooner SoundWaters to highlight specifics of the Action Plan. Additionally, educational kiosks will be set up to provide information about the Sound and the Action Plan. Following the press event and educational activities, there will be a free public sail on the Sound; prior registration is required for the sailing event.
The SoundVision Action Plan contains four major components: protecting clean water to achieve a healthy Sound; creating safe and thriving places for all Sound creatures; building Long Island Sound communities that work; and investing in an economically vibrant Long Island Sound. The plan was crafted and unanimously adopted by the 37 members of the CAC, representing business, municipal, environmental, civic and academic organizations from around the Long Island Sound region.
The underlying SoundVision planning process was supported with funding from Long Island Sound Study, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Sun Hill Foundation. This summer’s schooner tour is made possible by support from the New York Community Trust.
While there doesn’t seem to be a SoundVision website yet, you can like the project on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/LISoundVision.
Members of the public and press interested going on the sail can RSVP at http://www.soundwaters.org/schooner/cac.shtml.