The Long Island Sound Report Card
- The Long Island Sound Report Card provides baseline information about the state of the Sound at distinct points.
- It also identifies positive steps that all people can take to improve water quality in watersheds, bays, rivers, harbors, and the Sound itself.
- The Long Island Sound Report Card was initially made possible by the LISFC: we helped our NGO partners design, pilot, and roll-out the project.
- Now the Long Island Sound Report Card is a core part of the communications strategy about the Sound across the region.
- You can see the Report Cards here.
The Unified Water Study
- LISFC funded the initial design, development, piloting, and expanded roll out of the Unified Water Study (UWS).
- The UWS fosters the collection of comparable, high quality data to study the environmental health of the Sound’s many inlets, harbors and bays.
- Data-collection groups are provided with monitoring equipment, training, Standard Operating Procedures, a custom study design for their monitoring locations, a Quality Assurance Project Plan, and other resources they need to successfully collect water quality data.
- Managed by Save the Sound, this groundbreaking collaborative water-testing program has dramatically increased available data about the long-term health of the Sound. Its findings also support the Long Island Sound Report Card.
- The UWS now provides support to 23 groups to monitor 37 bays and harbors from New York City out to eastern Long Island and in Connecticut.
- Funding for the UWS is now provided to Save the Sound through the EPA Long Island Sound Office.
The Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund
- While aligned grantmaking continues to be a tool for our members, we’ve also launched a pooled funding mechanism, The Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund (LISSF). The LISSF pools our investments and expands our grant-making.
- This competitive grant program supports projects that pursue for a healthy, productive, and resilient Sound.
- Up to $400,000 is generally available for grants annually.
- The LISSF supports nongovernmental organizations working on issues and projects related to the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.
- The LISSF also helps build stronger nongovernmental organizations, fosters collaboration and innovation around conservation, and accelerates the “next best step” for proven tools and strategies.
- The LISSF is administered by the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF).
- More information about participating foundations may be found at Who We Are.