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Long Island Sound Blue Plan
New! The Long Island Sound Blue Plan Video Series is now available.  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.
{Upcoming Blue Plan Public Meetings and Movie Premiere}
The Blue Plan Map 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 you explore the Blue Plan's maps in more detail.
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 runs from March 20, 2019 to June 21, 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 includes completion of the 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 evolved 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 April 30, 2019