The Long Island Sound Study’s (LISS) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) calls for the conservation of natural resources and increased public access to the Sound. LISS began implementing the CCMP in 1994, and considerable progress has been made in improving the Sound’s water quality over the past 10 years. However, critical elements of the Long Island Sound Study CCMP, including open space and natural resource protection, still need attention.
To bring attention to these needs, Audubon, the Regional Plan Association (RPA), and Save the Sound (STS) organized the Listen to the Sound 2000 Campaign. The Campaign was an initiative to gain citizen input on strategies to advance the ecological resource and land-use goals outlined in the CCMP. There was strong public sentiment regarding the urgent need to focus on restoring and protecting the Sound’s coastal habitats, which sustain its fisheries and other wildlife, and on preserving the few unprotected natural areas remaining along the shore, which are under intense development pressure. The public supported the development of a strategy connecting people to the Sound while protecting the remaining outstanding sites. Development of this strategy was adopted as a commitment of the LISS in the 2003 Long Island Sound Agreement, which builds upon the goals of the CCMP.
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