If You Live, Work, or Play in the Long Island Sound Region, We Want to Hear from You!

The Plan That Guides the Conservation of Long Island Sound is Getting a Major Revision

A map of Long Island Sound showing selective towns in Connecticut and New York and selected state parks along the coast in Connecticut and New York. Map by Lucy Reading-Ikkanda
Map of Long Island Sound with some of its coastal communities and state parks. Map by Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

That means…If you live, work, or play in the Long Island Sound region, this plan could affect on-the-ground projects near you. If there are environmental challenges in your life and community that you want to make sure are addressed, let us know! This is YOUR opportunity to help steer conservation funding decisions for the next 10 years.

What Is the Plan and Why Does It Matter?

The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) is a document that outlines goals and steps to restore and maintain the health of Long Island Sound and its watershed (the lands and waterways that drain into the Sound). It addresses areas such as water quality, habitat and wildlife conservation, coastal resiliency, and environmental engagement and education. Multiple levels of government, academic scientists, local organizations, and regional decision makers use the plan to identify and carry out projects needed to advance these conservation areas. The CCMP was last revised in 2015 and is being revised again RIGHT NOW.  

The new CCMP draft has four Main Goals

A Bit of Background: How Does Conservation around the Sound Get Done?

Long Island Sound Study (LISS) uses the plan to guide its conservation work around Long Island Sound.

Formed in 1985, LISS is a partnership dedicated to restoring and caring for the Sound and its watershed. Many organizations collaborate in the partnership, including federal agencies like the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), state agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), as well as scientists, educators, and concerned organizations and individuals. Learn more about the LISS partnership here.

What Challenges and Opportunities around the Sound Would YOU Like to See Addressed?

Here is some of what we’ve heard so far*:

  • Opportunities to support current and ideal uses of the Sound such as fishing, swimming, and spending time in nature
  • Barriers to access such as safety concerns and limited transportation and access points
  • Environmental threats of stormwater, flooding, rising sea levels, and pollution and their links to social and infrastructure concerns
  • Informational needs such as water quality health for recreation and fish consumption
*Based on conversations held through our Sustainable and Resilient Communities Needs Assessment in 2022 and our Environmental Justice Needs Assessment in 2023.  

Want to Share Your Thoughts? Attend an Upcoming Public Meeting!

The CCMP revision process is collaborative and will include public meetings where you can help shape what the plan will look like. Public meetings will take place in Spring 2024 and will be hybrid (with attendance possible both in person and virtually). Join us at those meetings to hear our plans so far and tell us what is important to you! And in Fall 2024, come see the completed draft plan and provide feedback at one of our public information sessions.

You can also send us your comments anytime by emailing [email protected] or by submitting a comment at the bottom of this page (or on the right hand column if you are not on mobile). Ideally, please send in your comments by spring or summer!

Timeline for the Long Island Sound CCMP Revision Process

Feb – April

Develop ways to measure conservation progress


Host Public Engagement Sessions

June – Aug

Develop actions needed to achieve progress

Sept – Oct

Host Public Information Sessions and Public Comment Period

Early 2025

Finish CCMP

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