The Completed Draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is Available for Public Review and Comment
After more than three years in the making, the completed draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan has finally arrived!
DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes announced the release of the Plan for public review and the start of a 90-day public review period at a press conference held on March 20, 2019 at Hammonasset Beach State Park, set against the backdrop of Long Island Sound.
Development of the Blue Plan was authorized by Public Act 15-66 (codified in Connecticut General Statutes §25-157t). The Plan is the culmination of years of data collection and analysis, based on the best data available regarding the natural resources and human uses of Long Island Sound, as well as countless hours of outreach and coordination with ecological experts and human use sector representatives.
More background information about the Blue Plan and its development process can be found in these past issues of Sound Outlook: February 2012, February 2015, June/July 2015, October 2016, February 2017, June/July 2017, February/March 2018, June/July 2018, and October/November 2018.
The completed draft of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan is available on the Blue Plan website at www.ct.gov/deep/lisblueplan, or you can send a request for a paper copy of the Plan via U.S. mail to LIS Blue Plan, DEEP WPLR, Land and Water Resources Division - Planning, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
The 90-day public comment period closes on June 21, 2019. We strongly encourage Sound Outlook readers to review the draft Plan and provide us with your insights, questions, and other input. Please send any comments:
• via email to DEEP.BluePlanLIS@ct.gov, or
• via U.S. mail to LIS Blue Plan, DEEP WPLR, Land and Water Resources Division - Planning, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.
The Blue Plan development team has also scheduled several regional public meetings to present on the Plan and solicit public comments. Please join us at one of these regional meetings to learn more about the Blue Plan and give us your feedback!
And if you haven't joined already, please consider joining the Blue Plan listserv to receive email updates about Advisory Committee meetings, outreach events, and ongoing revisions to the Blue Plan.
It can't be said enough: The success of the Blue Plan depends on the involvement of the general public and all stakeholders to make sure the Plan reflects the knowledge, perspectives, and needs of everyone whose lives are touched by Long Island Sound. Your participation in this process will help make the Blue Plan a reSOUNDing success!
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