Long Island Sound Comprehensive
Conservation and Management Plan

Our Plan

Overview

In the 20 years of implementing the 1994 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Long Island Sound, federal, state, and local partners have worked together to reduce by 40 million pounds the annual discharge of nitrogen, restore nearly 1,625 acres of habitat, reopen 317 miles of fish passage, and involve hundreds of thousands of people in education and volunteer projects to help bring Long Island Sound back to health and abundance.

Now these partners, under the Long Island Sound Study, developed a revised  Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan in 2015 to move forward to achieve more ambitious ecosystem targets through 2035.


Themes and Goals of the CCMP

To fulfill the vision of a restored and protected Long Island Sound the partner agencies of the Long Island Sound Study in 2015 revised its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The Plan seeks to achieve  four primary goals under four themes:

Clean Waters and healthy Watersheds

Improve water quality by reducing contaminant and nutrient loads from the land and the waters impacting Long Island Sound. Learn more about waters and watersheds »

Thriving habitats and abundant wildlife

Restore and protect the Sound’s ecological balance in a healthy, productive,and resilient state to benefit both people and the natural environment. Learn more about habitats and wildlife »

Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Support vibrant, informed, and engaged communities that use, appreciate, and help protect Long Island Sound. Learn more about communities »

Sound science and inclusive management

Manage Long Island Sound using sound science and cross-jurisdictional governance that is inclusive, adaptive, innovative, and accountable. Learn more about science and management »

Ecosystem Targets

The following ambitious, but achievable, ecosystem targets have been developed to drive progress toward attaining the goals of the Management Plans, Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds, Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife, and Sustainable and Resilient Communities themes:

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The Management Plan

To fulfill the vision of a restored and protected Long Island Sound the partner agencies of the Long Island Sound Study in 2015 revised its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Download the 2015 Management Plan here.

Public Summary

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The public summary provides a concise summary of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

Year in Review 2017

The spring 2018 issue of Sound Update focuses on Long Island Sound Study’s Year in Review of 2017. Various clean water, habitat restoration, education, and science projects from Connecticut and New York are highlighted. See media center»

EPA Work Plan

The EPA Work Plan report highlights current and planned Management Plan activities. It is available as a PDF Download in the media center.

First CCMP

LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

Read the 1994 CCMP and the updates to the CCMP that were adopted prior to the completion of the 2015 CCMP.

 

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