Long Island Sound (Credit: Doc Searls, via Wikimedia Commons)
The program started in 1985 through a partnership between the New York and Connecticut Environmental Protection Agency. In 1994 the group created a comprehensive conservation and management plan to start restoring the sound.
Many state and local partners have assisted in treating issues afflicting the sound, such as low dissolved oxygen, toxic contamination, debris, habitat management and land use.
Years of monitoring and research have helped researchers learn new information about the sound, which will impact how the EPA updates the plan. Recent issues such as sea level rise and Super Storm Sandy will contribute to conservation planning.
Image: Long Island Sound (Credit: Doc Searls, via Wikimedia Commons)