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Swimming In Success

Swimming In SuccessA frequent swimmer of the Long Island Sound, Tufts graduate andenvironmentalist Nina Sankovitch is now responsible for its protection. Long Island, NY.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [06.30.03] A "water person," as she refers to herself, Nina Sankovitch is quite familiar with the Long Island Sound. Now the 1984 Tufts graduate, who has spent much of her life near water and frequently swims in the Sound, is responsible for its protection.

"You have to believe in the water you work on." Sankovitch, the newly appointed president and executive director of Save the Sound, told The Stamford Advocate. And, true to her words, Sankovitch believes in it.

"Sankovitch said she was excited to bring her experience and knowledge of coastal issues, as well as her skills drafting and implementing environmental legislation, to an organization whose mission is to clean and protect the Sound," reported the Advocate.

It was those skills -- developed during her career at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council -- that impressed Save the Sound's board.

"Nancy Seligson, board co-chairwoman of Save the Sound, said Sankovitch stood out among 'hundreds' of applicants for the job because of her background in coastal advocacy at 'two of the pre-eminent environmental organizations in the country,'" reported the Advocate.

With a strong legal and environmental background, the Tufts graduate has worked on a wide variety of coastal issues, ranging from pollution and dredging to sludge management.

"We think her expertise fits our organization and, frankly, I think we're lucky to get her." Nancy Seligson told the Advocate.

Sankovitch already has plans in mind for Save the Sound.

Targeting more than 400 sites that are in need of restoration, the Tufts graduate intends to expand the organization's membership. She also plans to establish a long-term system for the association because even though interest in the organization has grown, diminishing funds remain a concern.

Even while working, Sankovitch has managed to remain as close to the water as possible. She directs her seven member body from her South Norwalk office, only a short distance from the Long Island Sound and with a view of the harbor from her office window.

"I could never live inland," Sankovitch told the Advocate.

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