Photos of the Long Island Sound

Research & Monitoring

Status and Trends: LISS Environmental Indicators

Habitat Indicators

River Miles Restored

In 2006, the Long Island Sound Study adopted a goal of restoring 143 miles of riverine migratory corridors for anadromous fish by the year 2011. This indicator tracks management progress towards achievement of this goal. View Indicator

Coastal Habitat Acres Restored

In 1998, the Long Island Sound Study adopted a goal of restoring 2000 acres of coastal habitats, including dunes, tidal wetlands, forests, salt marsh wetlands, and submerged aquatic vegetation. This indicator tracks management progress towards achievement of the goal. View Indicator

Eelgrass Abundance

Eelgrass is a rooted underwater grass that grows along the coast, serving as an important habitat for fish and source of food for many migratory birds. It is sensitive to declines in water and sediment quality, so serves as an indicator for overall health of the aquatic environment. View Indicator

Changes in Forest Cover in CT & NY

According to research from the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), forested land in the late 20th and early 21st century declined by 6 percent n New York and Connecticut from 1985 to 2006. View Indicator

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