Kupchick and Devlin hail passage of Long Island Sound ‘Blue Plan’

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

In commemoration of April 22 being Earth Day, State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) and the rest of the General Assembly passed significant environmental legislation which establishes a Long Island Sound Blue Plan and Long Island Sound Resource and Use Inventory to determine the full extent of the Long Island Sound’s resources.

The Blue Plan directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut to coordinate and compile an inventory of the natural resources and the human resources of the Long Island Sound, and to use that information to develop a plan to guide future uses of the Sound’s waters and submerged lands.

State Rep. Laura Devlin

State Rep. Laura Devlin

The legislation will enhance and expand the work of a bi-state Connecticut/New York working group that has been preparing for spatial planning in the Sound, and enable the resulting inventory to be incorporated into a plan that could ensure future or new uses of the Sound are compatible with traditional uses, minimize conflicts among users, and balance use with resource protection.

Kupchick said, “The Long Island Sound is a natural treasure, having Connecticut enact a long-term plan for the benefit of the Sound’s ecosystem for future generations is vital. The goal of the plan would be to provide a “clear and actionable vision” on how to balance commerce and development goals with environmental preservation.”

“We can’t forget that Long Island Sound is not only a significant recreational asset, it is paramount to our economic well-being as a state. Protecting the Long Island Sound for such things as commercial and recreational boating and fishing, and other maritime attractions permits the Sound to maintain its desirability. This plan aims to preserve and protect the Sound for future generations,” said Rep. Devlin.

Long Island Sound contributes more than $5.5 billion for the local economy. It is home to more than 120 species of finfish and countless varieties of birds and other animals. Between New York and Connecticut, the Sound’s coastline stretches more than 600 miles.

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