Despite a tough economy in 2009 and 2010, the Long Island Sound Study and its partners were able to implement and complete dozens of projects that led to significant improvements to Long Island Sound and its tributaries. Protection & Progress, LISS’s 2009-2010 Biennial Report, highlight’s management efforts to improve water quality, restore habitats, monitor the environment and work with municipalities and the public to improve their local environment in order to improve the Sound.
During the two years of the report’s focus, LISS and its partners accelerated their efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution into the Sound and had its most successful year in restoring habitats since the LISS Habitat Restoration Initiative started in 1998. Through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, a program managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with LISS support, nearly $3.5 million in grants were awarded to groups that matched these funds to conduct 67 stewardship, restoration, watershed management, and education projects.The report also showed the impact of leveraging EPA funds for the LISS program with partner funds to benefit the Sound. From 2006-2010, for every dollar spent by the Study to implement the Sound’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, an additional $67.11 was spend by federal, state, local, or private partners.
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