Our Work

By engaging citizens in the environment, we cultivate lasting stewards. In this photo, Common Ground High School students and their teacher, Dave Edgeworth, survey stream conditions in the West River Watershed. 

Community Outreach

Our work would not be possible without the help of our community partners and volunteers like you. At Save the Sound, we foster opportunities for citizens to learn about the environment and create hands-on programs that educate and empower citizens to become lasting stewards. We also work closely with environmental coalitions and municipalities who want to improve water quality, and help them to develop durable solutions to pollution from stormwater runoff. 


Our outreach efforts include a range of activities, from leading workshops on residential downspout disconnection and rain garden construction with Neighborhood Housing Services and Solar Youth in New Haven, CT, to facilitating collaborative design of green infrastructure projects at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT, and working with citizens across geographic and political boundaries to develop meaningful and implementable watershed-based plans. 


Explore our pictures to learn more about our efforts in Connecticut and Western New York. 


35 teenagers from four environmental organizations in Bridgeport joined us to plant a rain garden and several trees at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.

Over 140 volunteers from the greater New Haven area joined us on the Rock-to-Rock Day of Service to plant nearly 2000 perennials at the Pond Lily Nature Preserve. Quinnipiac University alone sent over 70 students to assist with the effort.

In October 2015, Save the Sound and the West River Watershed Coalition celebrated the official release of the West River Watershed Plan.

Members of the West River Watershed Coalition and community partners signed a map of the West River Watershed to signify their commitment to carrying out the goals and recommendations of the plan.

Save the Sound spearheaded an effort to recharge drinking water aquifers in Southington, CT with residential rain gardens.

Save the Sound held numerous workshops to educate citizens about the benefits of using rain gardens to reduce runoff and recharge groundwater, and organized nine rain garden plantings that attracted dozens of volunteers to gain hands-on experience planting rain gardens.

Homeowners worked alongside Save the Sound as well as community and corporate volunteers to construct nine rain gardens in Southington, CT.

Save the Sound worked alongside homeowners and community and corporate volunteers to construct nine rain gardens in Southington, CT.

Our volunteers gained hands-on experience in rain garden construction, and had fun in the process!

Our rain garden planting workshops were also opportunities to educate citizens about the benefits of native plants.

Involving our community in our restoration projects makes them more successful.

We educate through hands-on experience. By engaging people in rain garden plantings, marsh restoration efforts, and other activities, we increase awareness about the importance of a healthy environment and we cultivate lasting stewards in the process.