What is Being Done to Restore and Protect Long Island Sound?

July 1, 2013

The federal Clean Water Act of 1972, started water pollution control programs which have led to measurable improvements in the water quality of Long Island Sound. Obvious sources of pollution were controlled through permit programs. Tidal wetlands were protected, sewage treatment plants improved, and industrial discharges controlled.   1024px-Long_Island_Landsat_Mosaic   However, to fully restore the health of the Sound, a cooperative effort focusing on the overall ecosystem was needed. As a result, EPA, New York, and Connecticut formed the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in 1985, a bi-state partnership consisting of federal and state agencies, user groups, concerned organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound. In 1994, the LISS completed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan that identified seven issues:
  1. Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia)
  2. Toxic contamination
  3. Pathogen contamination
  4. Floatable debris
  5. Living resources and habitat management
  6. Land use and development
  7. Public involvement and education
The LISS partners have made significant strides to restore and protect Long Island Sound, giving priority to hypoxia, habitat restoration, public involvement and education, and water quality monitoring. See the Long Island Sound Study website…. Click Here Read the 2012 (current) Sound Health Report…… Click Here   Other Good Resources   The Connecticut DEEP  (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) also has a good web site explaining and discussing Long Island Sound water quality monitoring. See it........ Here   The University of Connecticut Department of Marine Sciences has a good website “MY SOUND” with water quality wind and wave data....... Here    Capt.  Rick Delfosse  203-216-7800      

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