Fish, birds, and other wildlife depend on clean rivers and a healthy Sound, just like people do—and policy change alone isn’t enough to address the difficult issues our waterways face. Direct, shovels-in-the-ground action is essential. Through collaboration with community partners in Connecticut, Westchester County, and Long Island, our Ecological Restoration team designs and builds projects that restore rivers and coastal marshes, make rivers accessible to people and migrating fish, and reduce water pollution by helping to create greener cities that are more resilient to climate change.
As a restoration volunteer, you’ll help remove invasive plant species and plant native grasses and shrubs to restore bird and wildlife habitat, stop erosion, and return riverbanks, dunes, and marshes to health. Dam removals and fishway installations, rain garden plantings and living shorelines that protect communities are some examples of the types of projects you can volunteer for.