April 15 6:30PM at East Lyme Community Center
If you don’t live on the coast, Long Island Sound may not be on your radar screen. But if you live in the LIS watershed (and if you live in CT, you live in the watershed), you share a connection to this Estuary of National Significance. That stream in your backyard, or the one you pass on your way to work, is an important artery where nutrients and minerals, invertebrates, fish, even birds are connected to the tides and resources of the Sound. What you do in your backyard, matters! We will look at sustainable landscaping – including lawns, fertilizer use, and landscaped buffers, as well as a host of other pollution issues – all with The Sound in mind.
Long Island Sound Study and Connecticut Sea Grant
Judy does public engagement and education for the Long Island Sound Study at the UConn Sea Grant office in Groton, CT. Through a partnership with the UConn Master Gardener program, she runs an Advanced Master Gardener Coastal Certificate program designed to teach sustainable gardening practices focused on reducing nitrogen inputs to the Sound.
Judy has worked in the for-profit sector as a geologist, and in the non-profit sector for the Nature Conservancy and as Director of Tidewater Institute, which focused on community-based conservation in the Connecticut River estuary, for ten years. She taught environmental science and landscape ecology as adjunct faculty at Three Rivers Community College for eight years.
BA Geology, Skidmore; MS Botany Field Naturalist Program, UVM;
MEM Environmental Management, Yale FES
The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) is a two state, interagency partnership that works with numerous agencies and groups to restore and protect Long Island Sound. An estuary of national significance, LIS needs everyone’s help to preserve the long-term economic, recreational, and natural assets that it provides. For more information, visit: LongIslandSoundStudy.net