Q&A with Audra Parker,
President & CEO

Together, we have made great strides in our mission to permanently protect Nantucket Sound. But, we need your continued support to leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren. I encourage you to contribute to our preservation campaign. Nantucket Sound won’t stay a national treasure without your support.

– Audra

Photo of Audra Parker

The Sound has a rich tribal and maritime history and has long been recognized as more than just a body of water. It is the heart and soul of the Cape and Islands. It is a significant marine habitat for a diversity of ecologically and economically important species. It provides a livelihood for local fishermen, an inspiration for artists, and is a source of solace, relaxation, and recreation for the millions that flock to its shores. Nantucket Sound connects all of us who live and visit here.

While the state waters of the Sound are protected under Massachusetts law, the federal waters in the center remain open to industrial development. Nantucket Sound also faces threats to water quality, coastal resilience, habitat, and other climate change effects. Click to view map.

The best way to secure permanent protection for the Sound is through designation of Nantucket Sound as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) – the highest level of historic protection.  The Alliance is seeking NHL designation through both federal legislation, the Nantucket Sound National Historic Landmark Act, and through administrative action by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

We have made strong progress toward protecting Nantucket Sound in perpetuity. We have worked closely with our federal delegation and built a strong and diverse coalition of support. We have earned endorsements from nearly 100 key stakeholder groups including elected officials, environmental groups, municipalities, tribal governments, historic preservation groups, commercial fishermen, and many others to designate Nantucket Sound as a National Historic Landmark.

The Alliance is the only group that is fighting to protect Nantucket Sound. As a non-profit, we rely solely on private donations. Thank you for your continued generosity as we seek permanent protection for Nantucket Sound. Your tax-deductible donation today will leave a legacy for tomorrow.

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