Friday April 10, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Harbor Club, Webster Bank Arena 
600 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Driving Directions 

Free Parking is located in the lot across from the arena.

Directions from Metro North:http://tinyurl.com/pm6h5pz

Directions from the Ferry: http://tinyurl.com/mc5db2l

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8:30-9:00 Registration & Breakfast

 9:00-9:10 Welcome to Bridgeport & Opening Remark

  • Don Strait, Connecticut Fund for the Environment

 9:10-10:10 Dead Zones, Wetlands, Ocean Acidification and Wildlife: Nitrogen Pollution’s Path of Destruction, Moderator Dr. Johan (Joop) Varekamp (Wesleyan University and Chairman of the Board, Connecticut Fund for the Environment)

  • Dr. Hannes Baumann, UCONN
  • Dr. Lisa Suatoni, NRDC
  • Dr. Jamie Vaudrey, UCONN

10:10-10:50 The Nitrogen Scorecard: Are We Back from the Brink?

  • Mark Tedesco, Long Island Sound Study
  • Curt Johnson, Save the Sound

10:50-11:00: Break

11:00-12:00 Lessons Learned: Nitrogen Pollution—and Solutions—in the NortheastModerator Bob Deluca (Group for the East End)

  • Chantal Collier, The Nature Conservancy
  • Paul Niedzwiecki, Cape Cod Commission
  • Dan Gulizio, Peconic Baykeeper
  • Chris Lubicich, Suffolk County

12:15-1:15 Roundtable Lunch w/ Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. and Karen Brown (FCCFoundation)

1:25-1:30 Kick off the afternoon w/ Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport CT

1:30-2:30 Bringing It Home: What’s Next for Nitrogen and Long Island Sound, Moderator Curt Johnson (Save the Sound)

  • Betsey Wingfield, CT DEEP
  • Lynne Hamjian, EPA Region I
  • Assemblyman Steve Englebright, New York 

 2:30-3:30 Taking Action for the Future: Alternative Technologies and Innovative Solutions, Moderator Nancy Seligson (CAC Co-Chair)

  • Jenna Messier, CT NOFA
  • Denise Savageau, Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission
  • Becky Wiseman, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Dr. Charlie Yarish, UCONN
  • Dr. Julie Rose, NOAA
  • Christopher Clapp, The Nature Conservancy


24th Annual Long Island Sound

Citizens Summit



Coming Back from the Brink

Nitrogen and the Sound's Health and Economy

For decades, nitrogen pollution has wreaked havoc on the Sound's ecosystem. In response, Connecticut and New York, with the approval of the EPA, created a 15-year plan to slash nitrogen. This year's Summit will take stock of progress and identify priorities for the future. Have the reduction targets been attained? Has the Sound responded? How has our economy been helped or harmed? Where do we go from here? What innovative technologies are out there...and can they enhance our economy too? 

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Long Island Sound Study with support from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission invite you to review milestones and delve into the environmental, health, and economic impacts nitrogen has on our communities and future plans to solve this pressing environmental hazard. The Sound's future depends on us.

Help spread the word on social media! Share our Facebook event and tweet using #LIScitizenssummit.

* If you are paying by check, please mail by Friday, April 3 to receive credit for payment

* Free pair of Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey tickets will be raffled off during the event

* Please take advantage of public transportation. Amtrak, Metro-North, and the Ferry are within a 5 minute walk to the venue!


Brittany Chamberlin
Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound
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