Did you know that Branford has two beaches ranking among the worst 10% around the Sound? Learn what you can do to create change at the Branford Land Trust’s February lecture “Saving the Sound, From Your Beach to the Ecosystem,” with Curt Johnson on Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford.
Curt Johnson is the Executive Director of Save the Sound. During this informative lecture, he will focus on both challenges and pathways forward for cleaning up bacteria at local beaches, including how to restore ecological health to our local river, harbor, bay and ultimately the Sound.
Johnson received his J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law and was awarded a Masters in the Study of Law, Summa Cum Laude, focusing on environmental law from Vermont Law School. He was an attorney with the firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney for three and one-half years before joining the Connecticut Fund for the Environment as an attorney in 1993. Now, as Executive Director of Save the Sound, a bi-state program of CFE, Curt and his team bring together people, science, law and engineering to galvanize action. They make our water safe to swim, clam and boat in, bring oxygen back into the Sound and its harbors, protect great coastal places, and restore rivers for fish and wildlife. He serves as the Connecticut Co-Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to Long Island Sound’s National Estuary Program, co-founded the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He and his family enjoy spending the summers unplugged in an unpowered summer island shack clamming, fishing and boating.
Please save the date for these other upcoming BLT lectures: a presentation on Horseshoe Crabs and Project Limulus by Sacred Heart University on March 23; and “How to Watch Birds” with Artist and Naturalist Robert Braunfield on April 27.
The mission of the Branford Land Trust is to preserve open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features. For more information about the BLT or its Winter/Spring lecture series, please call Martha Rice at 203-314-7128.