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Committees and Work Groups

Long Island Sound Study’s committees and work groups help to implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Long Island Sound. Together they represent the Long Island Sound Study Management Conference, a partnership of federal, state, interstate, and local agencies, universities, environmental groups, industry and the public. The Management Conference was convened in March 1988 following the Congressional designation of Long Island Sound as an Estuary of National Significance at the requests of Connecticut and New York.

Meetings: See Events & Meetings web page for announcements of upcoming committee meetings for MC, STAC, CAC, and HRSWG.


Policy Committee

The Policy Committee has overall responsibility for LISS, including approval of goals and the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Learn More

Executive Steering committee

The Executive Steering Committee provides upper-level management engagement in the LISS process and provides direction to the Management Committee on LISS programs and budgets. Learn More

Management Committee (MC)

The Management Committee develops goals, approves work plan, and plans and oversees projects. Learn More

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Citizens Advisory Committee communicates citizen concerns about the Sound and the Study to the management committee, provide advice on public education activities, and build a constituency to support the implementation of the Management Plan. Learn More

Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee advises the Management Committee on science and technical aspects of LISS’s goals. Learn More

Work Groups

Climate Change and Sentinel Monitoring work group

The Climate Change and Sentinel Monitoring Work Group oversees implementation of a broad, dynamic monitoring program to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the scope and magnitude of potential climate change impacts to Long Island Sound, and develop adaptive management strategies to address the impacts. Learn More

Five State/EPA TMDL Work Group

The Five State/EPA TMDL Work Group works together to develop fair and equitable allocations (both wasteload and load allocations) consistent with Clean Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Learn More

Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Work Group (HRSWG)

The Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Work Group is responsible for promoting the conservation, restoration, management, and appreciation of LISS’s priority coastal habitats, wildlife, and Stewardship Areas through an improved understanding of current threats and conservation priorities. Learn More

public involvement and Education Work Group

The Public Involvement and Education Work Group is responsible for Informing the public about the health of Long Island Sound and the work of the Long Island Sound Study and its partners to restore and protect Long Island Sound; and to engage citizens to join in efforts to restore and protect the Sound. Learn More

Stewardship Work Group (inactive)

The Stewardship Work Group has been combined with the Habitat Restoration Work Group. Learn More

Water Quality Monitoring Work Group

The Water Quality Monitoring Work Group facilitates improved collection, coordination, management, and interpretation of water quality data for the Long Island Sound Study. This will encompass both open and near-shore water quality data needs. Learn More

watersheds and embayments Work Group

The Watershed and Embayments Work Group assists the Long Island Sound Study Management Conference in effectively implementing the nonpoint source mitigation actions in the watershed and embayments as outlined in the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Learn More

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