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Long Island Sound Blue Plan
NEW! The completed draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is now available for public review and comment.  The formal 90-day public comment period will commence mid-March 2019.
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.
The Blue Plan timeline anticipates completion of a draft plan by March 1, 2019. The Blue Plan team has studied and adapted the planning process in other regions, begun public meetings to share information, and started engaging experts and stakeholders.
The first iteration of the inventory of natural resources and human uses was completed in March 2018, in support of the planning process that will evolve throughout 2018.
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 February 28, 2019