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Who We Are

LISWIC is a group of 13 municipalities located in the Long Island Sound Watershed in Westchester County, New York. The Council was the result of a four-day Community Leadership Alliance Program, held in the spring of 1998 at Pace University Law School, where a group of municipal officials and leaders saw the potential benefits of working intermunicipally to achieve common goals.

Intermunicipal Cooperation

An Intermunicipal Agreement was signed that included these salient points:
  • the goal of a cleaner Long Island Sound (LIS) with the attendant responsibilities and benefits of protecting the LIS watershed;
  • prevention of non-point source pollution, remediation of existing pollution and the preservation of open space and natural resources;
  • appropriate development and restoration of the business and industrial districts to promote economic vitality;
  • maintenance and improvement of the quality of life including the quality of water and air, the control of traffic and noise,
  • the provision of open space and recreational opportunities, the cultural, social, scenic, aesthetic and historical assets of the area;
  • and
  • preservation and restoration of wetlands, watercourses and associated habitat areas.

Our Objectives

Our objectives include:
  • sharing information regarding development projects with intermunicipal impacts;
  • resolution of disputes regarding development projects that impact environmentally sensitive areas;
  • developing compatible comprehensive plans, zoning and land use regulations;
  • monitoring compliance and enforcement of regulations;
  • developing programs for educating the public and public officials;
  • securing and sharing federal, state and county agency funding;
  • coordinating efforts with federal, state and county agencies and authorities to assure that activities in the watershed are compatible with the plans and programs of the cooperating municipalities.

Site Designed by Elizabeth Paul, LISWIC Coordinator
Site Updated on January 25, 2016