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State_of_the_Sound_report_FINAL_2011.pdf

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Published by: Ed Stannard-Register on May 24, 2012
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State of the Sound
 
PRINCIPLE AUTHOR
Rachel Novick, PhD.
Science Fellow Connecticut Fund for the Environment 
CONTRIBUTORS
Kierran Broatch, Chris Cryder,Curt Johnson, Laura McMillan,Mary V. Rickel Pelletier,Alex Roem, Leah Schmalz,Don Strait
EDITING
Eric Annes, Meghan Boian,Juliet Manalan, Laura McMillan,Emily Schaller, Beth Weinberger
DESIGN AND PRINTING
ING
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Shimon Anisfeld
Professor, Yale University 
David Carey
Director, Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Aquaculture 
George Host
Board Member, Connecticut Fund for the Environment 
Nancy Seligson
Chair, Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee 
David Simpson
Director, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection's Marine Fisheries Division 
Johan Varekamp
Professor, Wesleyan University 
Roman Zajac
Professor, University of New Haven 
SPECIAL THANKS
Tom Andersen, Carmela Cuomo, PhD, Ellen Thomas, PhD.,Adam Welchel, PhD., Gary Wikfors, PhD., Harry Yamalis,Charles Yarish, PhD.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2Introduction4Foreword6Grades7State Policy Priorities8Federal Policy Priorities9Top 10 Things You Can Do10Coastal Habitat12Beach Litter14Migratory Habitat16Spotlight: Clean Water18Low Oxygen20Raw Sewage22Stormwater Runoff24Toxic Chemicals26Spotlight: Green Infrastructure28Stewardship30CCMP & SoundVision32Long Island Sound Restoration Act34Emerging Issues: Use Conflicts36Emerging Threats: Sea Level Rise39Spotlight: The Sound’s Resilience40Spotlight: The Sound’s Food Web42Sound Stewards45Resources47References48Who We Are
LONG ISLAND SOUNDIS PART OF OUR LIVES.
 
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STATE OF THE SOUND
We are fortunate that we can stillexperience some of the wild beautyand abundant animal life that Europeansdescribed when they first reachedthese shores. But pollution andoverdevelopment threaten wildlifeand the habitats on which they depend.Pollution of the Sound also threatensus –our health, our beaches and ourstate and local economies, whichreceive billions of dollars each yearfrom fishing and tourism.

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