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Long Island Sound Blue Plan
New! The completed draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is now available.  This is the version of the Blue Plan that will be submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly's Environment Committee before the start of the legislative session on February 5, 2020. 
The purpose of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is to protect traditional uses, minimize conflicts, and maximize compatibility, now and in the future.  This includes preserving Long Island Sound's ecosystems and resources, and facilitating a transparent, science-based decision-making process.
The process for the development of the Blue Plan includes two major steps:
  1. Gather data to develop an inventory of natural resources and human uses. This is done through the development of maps that are reviewed by experts and stakeholders for accuracy.
  2. Use those maps to develop a participatory process to map current and potential new uses in a manner that will minimize conflict with natural resources and traditional uses.
Throughout the development of the Plan, the Blue Plan team hosted three public hearings as required by the Blue Plan statute, held additional public meetings to share information and solicit input, and engaged countless experts and stakeholders through webinars and participatory mapping exercises. The result is a Blue Plan for Long Island Sound--based on sound science--that was shaped by meaningful public input. 
The first iteration of the inventory of natural resources and human uses was completed in March 2018, in support of the planning process that evolved throughout 2018.
The inventory was then used as the basis for the development of the draft Blue Plan, which was statutorily required to be completed by March 1, 2019.  The first draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan (version 1.1 dated March 2019) was available for public review and comment during a 90-day public comment period which ran from March 20, 2019 to June 21, 2019.
Blue Plan Map Viewer was also developed to help interested patieds better access the data and maps contained in the Blue Plan.  The viewer is a mapping tool that contains all of the Blue Plan's data layers in an interactive format.  Developed in collaboration with the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), the viewer lets users explore the Blue Plan's maps in more detail.
Another public outreach tool developed for the Blue Plan is the Long Island Sound Blue Plan Video Series.  The series is a collection of six videos about the Blue Plan, featuring interviews with Blue Plan Advisory Committee members, ecological experts, and other sector representatives on the topics of the Blue Plan in general, ecologically significant areas, commercial fishing and aquaculture, cultural and historic features, recreation, and transportation and infrastructure. The video series was produced with Middlesex Community College to provide background about the Blue Plan that is both in-depth and easy to understand. 
The Blue Plan process is informed by guiding principles that include meaningful public participation, sound science, a transparent process, coordination and collaboration, and a commitment to adaptive management.  Select each link below for more information.
Content Last Updated September 18, 2019