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.
See Events & Meetings for announcements of upcoming committee meetings for MC, STAC, CAC, and HRSWG.
The Policy Committee has overall responsibility for LISS, including approval of goals and the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Learn More
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
The Management Committee develops goals, approves work plans, and plans and oversees projects. Learn More
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
The Science and Technical Advisory Committee advises the Management Committee on the science and technical aspects of LISS’s goals. Learn More
The Climate Change and Sentinel Monitoring Work Group oversees the 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
The Five State/EPA TMDL Work Group works together to develop fair and equitable allocations (both wasteload and load allocations) consistent with the Clean Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Learn More
The Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Work Group 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
The Public Involvement and Education Work Group is responsible for informing the public about the health of Long Island Sound and the work of the Long Island Sound Study and its partners to restore and protect Long Island Sound, and to engage citizens to join in efforts to restore and protect the Sound. Learn More
The Stewardship Work Group has been combined with the Habitat Restoration Work Group. Learn More
The Water Quality Monitoring Work Group facilitates the improved collection, coordination, management, and interpretation of water quality data for the Long Island Sound Study. This will encompass both open and near-shore water quality data needs. Learn More
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
Justine Kibbe, the Island Naturalist with the Fishers Island Conservancy (front and center) discusses the Parade Ground grasslands restoration project at the quarterly meeting of the Long Island Sound Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Work Group. Photo by: Judy Preston
University of Connecticut Professor James O’Donnell, co-chair of the LISS Science and Technical Advisory Committee, speaking at a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting.