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Long Island Sound Blue Plan
The first draft of the policies proposed to be included in the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is available on the Blue Plan Policy webpage.
The audio recording, transcript, and introductory presentation from the May 8, 2018 public hearing on the Draft Long Island Sound Blue Plan Resource and Use Inventory (Version 1.2 April 2018) are available on the Resource and Use Inventory webpage.    
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 January 23, 2019