Save The Sound: Sound Health ExplorerSave the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, NiJeL developed the Sound Health Explorer as a tool to increase understanding of water quality conditions in Long Island Sound and to activate local and regional solutions to improve those conditions. The first iteration of the Sound Health Explorer focuses on the health of Long Island Sound's coastal beaches and the bacterial pollution that leads to beach closures and water quality degradation. We have paired the bacterial data with other datasets that further characterize our waterfronts and may assist in identifying contributors to local pollution problems. Rainfall is also featured on the site, allowing us to see which locations suffer from bacterial contamination as a result of wet weather overflows and runoff, and which locations suffer bacterial contamination in dry weather as well.
At NiJeL, we support strong, positive advances in the sustainability of people's lives and our planet through knowledge and information. At the local level, we work to improve our partner's communities and constituencies through data and technology, and we aim to democratize the tools and data needed to to make better social and environmental decisions. We're also always working to bridge the “data divide” and provide everyone the ability to tell their stories and visualize their impacts for advocacy and representation.
We achieve this vision by developing custom systems for data visualization, analysis, and participation for our partners, and teaching our partners to harness their data through "data therapy" to document their program impacts, build strong advocacy tools, and connect with their key audiences. It's also critically important to us that we build strong personal relationships with our partners to develop a technology roadmap for them that aligns with their current workflow and mission.
At the heart of everything we do at NiJeL are our core values of: