Sound Environment

This section features updates from the many organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the ocean, both locally and globally, and information about how you can take action!

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We Are All In the Same Boat

By Chris Szepessy

We Are All In the Same Boat

By Juliana Corrales, eXXpedition Ambassador Editor’s note: Author Juliana Corrales sailed as a guest crew on Leg 7 of eXXpedition Round the World (RTW), an all-female, three-year sailing voyage and environmental mission that began in the United Kingdom in October 2019 and finishes there in September 2022. On board SV TravelEdge, a total of 300 women are sailing thirty voyage legs that will cover more than 38,000 nautical miles. Co-founded in 2014 by Mission Director Emily Penn,…

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Paddle for Access is August 15

By Chris Szepessy

Paddle for Access is August 15

By Garrett Russ, Clean Ocean Access Development Coordinator If there’s something that all paddleboarders can agree on, it’s the first few moments of calm that come with being on the water: from the way the air moves around them, to the glassy water quietly shifting beneath them. Whether in Newport Harbor, or just off Third Beach in Middletown, RI, the reactions are the same, the love for the sport similar. And it is out of love for…

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Black Rock Harbor Water Quality Summit

By Chris Szepessy

Black Rock Harbor Water Quality Summit

By Martin Hain Communications Specialist Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound The First Annual Black Rock Harbor Water Quality Summit, organized by former Black Rock City Councilman Peter Spain, the Ash Creek Conservation Association (ACCA) and Save the Sound, was held with a packed house at the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture School in Bridgeport, CT on February 26, 2020. The summit gathered area residents, local officials and water quality experts to discuss the current conditions and future improvements…

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Built Like a Rock: Is volcanic fiber the future of boatbuilding?

By Chris Szepessy

Built Like a Rock: Is volcanic fiber the future of boatbuilding?

By Tyson Bottenus, Clean Regattas Director, Sailors for the Sea When we think of building boats and the materials possible to build boats, we think of wood, we think of plastic, we think of fiberglass and aluminum, but we don’t consider boats made from rock. They would sink, right? But in 2015, a unique race called the Sailing The Arctic Race (STAR) was proposed to bring attention to a modern day environmental problem: the melting of the…

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Opening a New Port for Learning to Sail and Enjoy Scenic Buzzards Bay

By Chris Szepessy

Opening a New Port for Learning to Sail and Enjoy Scenic Buzzards Bay

By Michael Graca, Buzzards Bay Coalition Communications Director The historic, seaside village of Onset, MA will be teeming with sails this summer with the opening of the Onset Bay Center, a hub for on-the-water exploration for children and adults that is operated by the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a membership-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. Sailing, kayaking and paddling, swimming and coastal exploration will be…

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The Plastic Film Recycling Project

By Chris Szepessy

The Plastic Film Recycling Project

By Jamie Rhodes, Clean Ocean Access Shrink Wrap Consultant   If you drove behind the Clean Ocean Access offices in Middletown, Rhode Island over the past six months, the towering mountain of white plastic shrink wrap has been hard to miss. In recent weeks, the skyscraping pile transformed into more than fifty packed bags holding up to 350 pounds each and strapped to some old wooden pallets. This has all been in preparation of sending this plastic…

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Protecting Your Waterfront with Living Shorelines

By Chris Szepessy

Protecting Your Waterfront with Living Shorelines

By Hailey Simpson, Coastal Engineer Living shorelines are starting to become the talk of the town for many coastal communities that want to increase the resiliency of their shoreline. By using a naturalistic approach, living shorelines create a more durable and sustainable coast for both people and coastal resources. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines a living shoreline as a “protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand or rock. Unlike…

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Coastal Cleanup Expands with Subaru of New England Partnership

By Chris Szepessy

Coastal Cleanup Expands with Subaru of New England Partnership

By Laura McMillan Director of Communications, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound     The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an initiative that was launched more than 30 years ago by the Ocean Conservancy. Save the Sound (a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment) has been the Connecticut coordinator since 2002. Since then, ICC weekend has grown from 18 to 42 cleanup events, and volunteers tirelessly cleaned over 500 beaches! In 2019, Save the…

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Saving Sea Turtles: Tactics from an Aquatic Vet

By Chris Szepessy

Saving Sea Turtles: Tactics from an Aquatic Vet

By Bryan Vorbach, Associate Veterinarian, South Carolina Aquarium   Sea turtles are some of the most beloved species to inhabit the planet’s oceans. Unfortunately, due to people, they are also some of the most threatened with extinction. Of the seven species currently alive today, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists three species as vulnerable to extinction, one as endangered, and two critically endangered. Nearly every threat facing sea turtles is caused by human activity….

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Plum Island from My Perspective

By Chris Szepessy

Plum Island from My Perspective

By Megan Dear   Plum Island is an ecological and historical centerpiece to the animals – including humans – and plants that depend on it. Even though the island is only 840 acres, it has a huge impact on marine and terrestrial wildlife because of its history of being mostly untouched by humans. The flora and fauna native to the island were able to grow and prosper without being subjected to habitat fragmentation, deforestation, and pollution that…

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