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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.


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

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

Citizens Advisory Committee

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

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 Workgroup 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

The Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Work Group (HRSWG) 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

Stewardship Work Group (inactive)

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