Long Island Sound Blue Plan
The Long Island Sound Blue Plan has been approved and is now in effect!
See What's NEW!The Long Island Sound Blue Plan provides an inventory of the natural resources and uses of Connecticut's Long Island Sound and establishes a spatial plan to guide future use of the Sound's waters and submerged lands. The purpose of the Blue Plan is to facilitate a transparent, science-based decision-making process for the preservation of Long Island Sound's ecosystems and resources and the protection of traditional uses, while maximizing their compatibility and minimizing conflicts between them now and in the future. Click on the Blue Plan logo to learn the background of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan. The process for the development of the Blue Plan included two major steps:
- 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.
- 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.
- On February 11, 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management approved Connecticut's request for a program change to incorporate Blue Plan enforceable policies into the state's coastal management program. As of that date, the enforceable policies identified in the Table of Approved Changes shall be applicable in reviewing federal actions pursuant to the federal consistency requirements of the CZMA and its implementing regulations found at 15 CFR part 930.3.
- Commissioner Dykes' 2021 Blue Plan Transmittal Letter to the CGA Environment Committee
- The Blue Plan Development Team has created a Story Map of the Significant Human Use Areas of Long Island Sound (SHUAs), which are described in the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, to help navigate and explain the vast amount of data assembled to map these areas of uses of the Sound that have a significant role in the social, cultural, historic, economic, and quality of life of Long Island Communities.
- The Blue Plan Practitioners Guide is a supplement to the Long Island Sound Blue Plan and the Blue Plan Users Guide, and provides an overview of the myriad ways the Blue Plan can benefit users of and interests in the Sound outside the context of regulatory guidance.
- The Blue Plan Users Guide is now available. The guide is a companion to the Long Island Sound Blue Plan and is intended to assist readers in easily finding, understanding, and applying the information, policies, and tools provided by the Plan.
- Commissioner Dykes' Blue Plan Transmittal Letter to CGA Environment Committee
- The Blue Plan Development Team has created a Story Map of the Long Island Sound Ecologically Significant Areas (ESAs), which are described in the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, to help navigate and explain the huge amount of data assembled to map ESAs in Long Island Sound.
Content Last Updated March 22, 2022