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Long Island Sound Study

Long Island Sound is an estuary approximately 110 miles long (east to west), and 21 miles across its widest point. It is located in one of the most densely populated areas in the United States, particularly along the Nation's coastal areas. Its valuable recreational and commercial uses make it one of the most important estuaries in the nation. In 1985, Congress allocated funds for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research, monitor, and assess the water quality of Long Island Sound and in March 1988 was identified as an Estuary of National Significance, and the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) became a part of EPA's National Estuary Program. In March 1994, LISS released its final Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). The commitments and recommendations of the CCMP were agreed to by the Governors of New York and Connecticut, and the EPA Administrator during a Signing Ceremony in September 1994. In the CCMP, LISS identifies and addresses the following problems:

  • hypoxia, or low dissolved oxygen
  • toxic contamination
  • pathogen contamination
  • floatable debris
  • habitat loss and its impact on living marine resources
  • land use and development that degrades habitat and water quality

The LISS has been conducted through the joint efforts of the States of New York, Connecticut and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.