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LISS Ecosystem Targets and Supporting Indicators

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Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds

Marine Debris

* Total only includes NY data; CT data not available. What is coastal marine debris? Marine debris is any man-made, solid material that enters waterways directly through littering or indirectly…
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Approved Shellfish Areas (draft)

What are Shellfish Areas? In New York, shellfish areas are defined as all tidal or saline waters within the marine district and lands lying thereunder, including such lands which are…
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Coastal Marine Debris (Draft)

What is coastal marine debris? Marine debris is any man-made, solid material that enters waterways directly through littering or indirectly via rivers, streams and storm drains (from Thank You Ocean…
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Public Engagement and Knowledge – Draft

What is  Public Engagement? Public Engagement as defined for this ecosystem target involves citizens participating in activities or practicing positive environmental behaviors that are making a difference in efforts to…
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Riparian Buffer Extent (Draft)

What are Riparian Buffers? “Riparian” refers to the area by the banks of a river, stream, or other body of water. A riparian zone is a corridor or strip of…
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Impervious Cover (Draft)

What is Impervious Cover? Any surface in the landscape that cannot effectively absorb or infiltrate rainfall. These surfaces include sidewalks, roads, parking lots, and roof tops. Rainfall carries pollutants from…
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Example Ecosystem Target

Importance Coastal habitats provide a unique and highly productive ecosystem that supports an array of living resources. However, due to development activities, the abundance and diversity of coastal habitats in…
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Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife

Shellfish Harvested (draft)

What are Shellfish? Shellfish is a fisheries term for aquatic invertebrates with a shell (such as mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms) that are typically harvested for food. For the purpose of this…
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Beach Closures

What are beach closure and advisory days? Beach closure and advisory days are a combination of the number of days beaches are closed in a year and the number of…
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Eelgrass Extent (draft)

What is Eelgrass? Eelgrass, Zostera marina, is a rooted, underwater grass that grows along the shallow coastal waters of bays, estuaries, and beaches in the Northern Hemisphere. How is it…
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Coastal Habtiat Extent (draft)

What is Coastal Habitat? Long Island Sound Study’s Habitat Restoration Initiative has identified 12 important coastal habitats to restore. The 12 coastal habitats are: tidal wetlands, eelgrass, estuarine embayments, coastal…
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Example Thriving Habitats Target

IMPORTANCE Coastal habitats provide a unique and highly productive ecosystem that supports an array of living resources. However, due to development activities, the abundance and diversity of coastal habitats in…
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Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Example Sustainable and Resilient Communities Target

IMPORTANCE Coastal habitats provide a unique and highly productive ecosystem that supports an array of living resources. However, due to development activities, the abundance and diversity of coastal habitats in…
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Climate Change

Example Climate Change Normal Indicator

IMPORTANCE Coastal habitats provide a unique and highly productive ecosystem that supports an array of living resources. However, due to development activities, the abundance and diversity of coastal habitats in…
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