Island Sound Study
The Long Island Sound Study is one of the EPA’s 28 National Estuary
Since the federal Clean Water Act became law in 1972, investments in
water pollution control programs have led to measurable improvements
in the water quality of Long Island Sound. However, to fully restore
the health of the Sound, a cooperative effort focusing on the
overall ecosystem was needed. As a result, EPA, New York, and
Connecticut formed the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in 1985, a
bi-state partnership consisting of federal and state agencies, user
groups, concerned organizations, and individuals dedicated to
restoring and protecting the Sound.
One component of the LISS is the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
The Citizens Advisory Committee communicates citizen concerns about
the Sound and the Study to the LISS Management Committee, provides
advice on public education activities, and builds a constituency to
support the implementation of the Long Island Sound Management Plan,
among other important tasks. Membership on the CAC is open to
individuals representing environmental organizations, businesses,
industries, local governments, and other public and private
organizations in Connecticut and New York with a demonstrable
interest in the restoration and protection of the Sound and its
The Executive Director of the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee is
one of the CAC members. Membership is limited to 60 voting members,
who are approved by the CAC. Members are committed to the
restoration and protection of the Sound, and must abide by the CAC
Bylaws to remain in good standing.
Why we are involved.
The first line of defense for Long Island Sound is the embayments
that surround this waterbody. As such, the protection of the water
quality of Manhasset Bay is essential to the protection of the water
quality of Long Island Sound.
Why it’s important to MBPC
As water flows both ways, what is happening in and on Long Island
Sound has the potential to impact Manhasset Bay. Additionally, the
Long Island Sound Study Management Committee makes important
regulatory and financial decisions which have local impacts, but
they do take into consideration the advice of the CAC.
The top issue for Long Island Sound, nitrogen, is not necessarily
the top issue for Manhasset Bay, bacteria. However, both key issues
are important to the health and human usefulness of Manhasset Bay.